Women’s golf in third place at the Holiday Inn Express Classic
The JU women’s golf team posted the low score in the second round to sit in third place after 36 holes the Holiday Inn Express Classic on the par-72 Victoria Hills Golf Club.

Three Dolphins are in the top 10 entering the final round, led by freshman Jessica Welch. Welch carded a one-over par 73 in the opening round and three-over par 75 in the second round to finish in fourth place at four-over par, just five shots out of the lead of Stetson’s Alex Buelow.

Stetson, the tournament host, leads the nine-team event after rounds of 297 and 307 to finish at 28-over par, 604. The Dolphins opened the tournament with a 29-over par, 317, but answered with a 12-over par, 300, in the afternoon – the best round of the session.

“I was really proud of how we bounced back in the afternoon to post a low round,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “Jessica and Gaia put together two good rounds today and Natalie bounced back with a really good round this afternoon.”

Gaia Olcese was one of the Dolphins that had a stronger second round. She carded a five-over par 77 in the morning, but rallied with a one-over par 73 in the afternoon to sit in fifth place at six-over par.

After winning her first collegiate event in her last start, Natalie Schmett got off to a rocky start – carding an 82, but rallied with an even-par 72 in the afternoon to jump into the top 10, tying for ninth at 10-over par.

Morgan Jackson was another Dolphin that rallied in the afternoon, bouncing back from an 85 in the morning with an 80 in the afternoon, to sit in 32nd at 21-over par.

Allison Cornell opened with an 86 and followed it up with an 84 to tie for 37th at 26-over par.

JU lead the field in scoring on the par-3s, finishing at eight-over par. The par-5s were the Dolphins bugaboo, shooting 17-over par.

The Dolphins will tee off in the final groups with Daytona State and Stetson on Tuesday.