Women's golf finishes eighth at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate
Alexandra Anderson
Alexandra Anderson
Paige Gifford
Paige Gifford
Paige Gifford and Alexandra Anderson each carded a one-over par 73 to lead the JU women’s golf team to an eighth place finish at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate.

The Dolphins posted their second straight round of 299, tying the second-best round in program history set in the first round. The final rounds posted by Gifford and Anderson are tied for the fifth best rounds at JU since 1993.

“This was a great tournament to start the season,” said JU women’s coach Pamela Shelley. “We played really well, but it is just a starting point for us to build upon this season.”

Western Carolina won the team title on its home course by posting a 294 in the final round to finish with a two-round total of 578 to win by five over Wofford. Belmont’s Lorie Warren won the individual competition after carding her second straight three-under par 69 to finish at six-under par, 138.

Gifford opened with a 74 and went a stroke better in the final round to claim a tie for 16th in her first collegiate event at three-over par, 147. Anderson, opening her final collegiate campaign, tied her career best with the 73 after an opening round 75 to tie for 21st.

Sophomore Jessica Williams shot a four-over par 76 in the final round to tie for 32nd at six-over par, 150. Williams posted a career-best 74 in the opening round.

Senior Therese Karlsson tied for 52nd after carding a five-over par 77, with freshman Morgan Jackson carding a 78 in the final round to tie for 73rd.

With four fellow Atlantic Sun Conference schools in the tournament, JU had the best finish of the league schools as USC Upstate finished two shots back.

The Dolphins will return home to prepare for the Queens Invitational starting Sunday at the TPC at Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course.