MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009
Women’s golf in eighth at the A-Sun Championship
Alexandra Andersen carded a three-over par 75 to tie for ninth after the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

Andersen’s round was the best of the day for the JU women’s golf team as the Dolphins posted a 32-over par, 320, to sit in eighth place.

“Alex played really well today and did a great job of controlling her game,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “As a team, we’re disappointed with how we finished but we’ve put that behind us with the goal of correcting our mistakes tomorrow.”

Stetson, who is hosting the tournament on its home course – Victoria Hills Golf Course, shot a 10-over par 298 to lead the 11-team competition. Stetson’s Danielle Jackson leads the individual competition after posting a one-under par 71 to lead by one shot over two players.

Andersen made the turn at one-over par, offsetting bogeys on the second and eighth with a birdie on the ninth. The only blemish on her back nine was a double bogey on the par-4 13th, placing her in contention for the individual title.

Paige Gifford had the second best round of the day for JU, carding a five-over par 77. Gifford opened with a birdie on the first, but a pair of double bogeys at the second and the sixth along with a bogey at the seventh sent her to the back nine at four-over par.

She recovered with a strong finish, with only a bogey on the 17th hole to post her score and sit six shots out of the lead in a tie for 16th.

Morgan Jackson opened her tournament with a 10-over par 82. She made the turn at four-over par with four bogeys and shot six-over par on the back nine to tie for 38th.

Jessica Williams opened the tournament with a birdie on the first and made the turn at five-over par. Three straight double bogeys put a sour end to an otherwise solid round as she posted a 14-over par, 86, to sit in 47th place.

Alison Cornell opened her tournament with a 15-over par, 87, to tie for 48th.

The Dolphins begin their tee times starting at 8:08 a.m., playing with Belmont, Lipscomb and USC Upstate.