WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Women’s golf claims a tie for fifth at the A-Sun Championship
Paige Gifford
Paige Gifford
The JU women’s golf team wrapped up its 2008-09 season on a high note Wednesday, posting a 303 score in the final round to tie for fifth place at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

The Dolphins counted four scores in the 70s, led by a two-over par, 74, from senior Alexandra Andersen – her final round in collegiate competition.

Jacksonville climbed into a tie for fifth with Florida Gulf Coast at 63-over par, 927, setting a new school record for the lowest 54-hole total in a tournament. The previous record was 78-over par, 942, at the 1998 Sun Belt Conference Championship.

The final round total for JU was tied for the sixth-best round in school history and is fourth time this season JU has posted a round of 305 or better.

“This was a great round from everyone and a great way to end the season,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “I’m so proud of Alex and the way she played today. It’s great to see her end her career on such a high note, especially with the way she led the team all season.”

Andersen was tied with junior Paige Gifford for 10th place in the individual competition at 10-over par, 226. The duo just missed tying the school record for the lowest 54-hole total of nine-over par, 225, set by Aroha Fanning in 1999.

Stetson claimed the 11-team event by two shots over perennial power Campbell, posting a tournament-record score of 17-over par, 881. Stetson’s Danielle Jackson posted a three-under par 69 in the final round to win the individual title by two shots.

Opening up her final collegiate round, Andersen started with a birdie at the first and despite three bogeys on the front nine, she was able to make the turn at even-par with her third birdie of the front nine on the ninth.

The back nine was a roller coaster affair, with three bogeys over holes 11 through 14 moving her to three-over par. She answered with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16, but gave one back with a bogey at the 17th to wrap up her career with a two-over par 74.

Gifford was consistent all day, with just four bogeys on the scorecard, capped her first season at JU on a high note with a birdie at the 18th to finish off a three-over par 75.

Morgan Jackson put an exclamation mark on her freshman season at JU, bookending her five-over par 77 with birdies at the first and 18th. She finished 17th individually, her second top 20 finish of the season.

Jessica Williams carded her best round of the spring, shooting a five-over par, 77, to finish in 44th. Her round had some major fireworks, starting with birdies at the first and sixth to get to two-under par. While she stumbled in the middle of her round, she finished off the campaign with a birdie at the 18th to put together her best round since the season opening event.

Allison Cornell wrapped up her freshman season with her second best round of the season, shooting an 11-over par, 83.