Daytona State rallies in final round to repeat at the JU Classic
Daytona State rallied from a 12-stroke deficit, led by Mitsuki Katahira’s tournament record tying three-under par 69, to repeat as team champions at the 2011 JU Classic at Hidden Hills Country Club.

Katahira tied her own tournament record to defend as the individual champion, taking home the title with a 36-hole total of one-under par, 143.

JU held a one-stroke lead over Miami entering the second round, which became the final round after play was suspended during the storms on Tuesday. The Dolphins shot a 322 in the final round while Miami shot 321 and Daytona State carded a 303.

The Falcons finished the 36 holes with a 37-over par, 613, while JU and Miami tied for second at 44-over par, 620.

“I was pleased with how we played in the heat of competition late today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “There are a lot of positives for us to take out of this as we start our spring season.”

Melissa Magdor carded the best round of the day for JU, shooting a six-over par 78 to finish 12th at 13-over par, 157.

Jessica Williams took home low Dolphin honors for the week, shooting a seven-over par 79 to tie for third at eight-over par, 152. It is the best finish of her career.

Morgan Jackson carded a nine-over par, 81, to tie for seventh at 11-over par, 155. Kristen Boettcher shot a 12-over par, 84, to fall into a tie for ninth at 12-over par. Meghan Hughes had a 12-over par, 84, to finish in 24th at 22-over par.

Playing as individuals, Allison Cornell shot a 10-over par 82 to finish in 29th at 27-over par. Carlie Gehlhausen finished in 38th at 42-over par.

The Dolphins are off until the take part in the Edwin Watts-Kiawah Classic on Feb. 20.