Women’s golf moves up at Eagle Landing Invitational

Amid blustery conditions, the Jacksonville women’s golf team posted three scores in the 70s in the second round of the Eagle Landing Invitational.


Morgan Jackson and Natalie Schmett each shot a four-over par 76 as the Dolphins moved into 16th place thru two rounds.  South Florida (8-over par) holds a one-shot lead over Maryland in the team competition.  Kaylin Yost of Campbell leads the individual competition at three-under par.


Jacksonville shot a 22-over par round of 310, improving by three shots from its first round total.


“This is a difficult golf course and the wind made it even tougher today,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “We made some mistakes off the tee, but we were patient and didn’t get too frustrated as the scores were high for everyone.”


Schmett fell into a tie for 24th at six-over par for the event with a rough front nine.  Teeing off on the 10th hole, she opened her round with a bogey and got back to even with a birdie at the par-4 12th.  But a double bogey-bogey-par finish to the nine sent her to the turn at three-over par.  She battled on the front nine, her back nine, with two bogeys and one birdie, to turn in a four-over par round.


Morgan Jackson improved on her 78 in the first round with a four-over par, 76, to get into a tie for 46th at 10-over par.  She made the turn at four-over par and had two birdies and two bogeys in the first four holes on her back nine before finishing with five straight pars.


Francesca Yong improved by two shots in the second round, shooting a six-over par, 78, to tie for 64th at 14-over par.  Gaia Olcese shot an eight-over par, 80, to count towards the team score.  She is tied for 83rd at 18-over par.  Jessica Welch posted a 10-over par, 82, and is tied for 87th at 19-over par.


The Dolphins will tee it up in the final round looking to move up the leaderboard as they are just 11 shots out of 10th place.