Women’s golf finishes 11th at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

Paige Gifford birdied her final hole of the day to post an eight-over par, 80, to lead the Dolphins in the final round.

Baylor won the 17-team event with a final round 302 to finish at 918, 54-over par, for the tournament. Florida Atlantic’s Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn posted a tournament-best even-par 72 in the final round to win the individual title at five-over par, 223.

“The golf course played extremely tough today and we let the round get away from us late,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “This was a great tournament to prepare for our conference tournament.”

Gifford’s second straight 80 moved her into a tie for 25th at 21-over par, 237. Starting on the 10th hole, Gifford got off to a rocky start sitting seven-over par after six holes. She had two bogeys and one birdie over the final 12 holes to move up in the individual competition.

Jessica Williams made the biggest move for JU, posting a nine-over par 81 to tie for 66th at 37-over par, 253. Starting on the 11th hole, Williams also got off to a rough start with a double bogey on her first hole and sitting at seven-over par through seven holes.

After a double bogey on her ninth hole of the day, Williams posted back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and 4 to get back to seven-over par. She finished the round with bogeys on two of her final three holes to send her score in her hopes of breaking 80.

Allison Cornell and Morgan Jackson each shot an 85 in the final round that counted towards the team score. Jackson tied for 49th at 31-over par, with Cornell tying for 66th at 36-over par.

Alexandra Andersen shot an 88 to fall out of the top 20 and tie for 41st at 27-over par.

The Dolphins are off until April 13 when they open the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.