Women’s golf in seventh at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
The JU women’s golf team posted the second lowest round in school history to open the season as they finished the opening round in seventh place at the Cullowhee Café Great Smokies Intercollegiate.

Amid great scoring conditions, the Dolphins carded a round of 299 – just two shots shy of the school record shot in the final round at the same tournament last season.

Junior Paige Gifford and sophomore Jessica Williams carded a two-over par round of 74 en route to a tie for 25th individually.

“I’m pleased with how well we played and we left several shots out on the course,” said JU women’s coach Pamela Shelley. “This was a great start to the season and the key for us is doing it again tomorrow.”

Western Carolina used the home-course advantage to post a four-under par 284 to lead the 22-team event. Samford is in second place at 291.

The Dolphins are just eight shots out of second place and just two shots from a top-five finish.

Belmont’s Lorie Warren, Austin Peay’s Chelsea Harris and Tennessee Tech’s Carley Rhyne each carded a three-under par 69 to lead the individual competition. There were 14 players that broke par and 18 that posted par or better.

Gifford opened with an even-par front nine before closing with a two-over par 38 on the back side to post her 74. Williams opened with a one-under par 35 on the front nine and closed with a 39 on the back to finish her round of 74.

Senior Alexandra Anderson opened with a 37 and closed with a 38 to post a 75 and sits in a tie for 35th individually. Senior Therese Karlsson shot a four-over par 76, going 37-39, to tie for 44th.

Freshman Morgan Jackson shot a five-over par 77 in her first collegiate round, opening with a 38 and closing with a 39 to tie for 59th.

The Dolphins wrap up their first event of the season on Tuesday, with a shotgun start set for 9:30 a.m.