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Eagles Bounce Back at Jekyll

amanda kelley hits a tee shot at jekyll island

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - After opening the Jekyll Island Collegiate tournament on Friday with their highest team score in the 2018-19 season, the Bridgewater women's golf team bounced back on Saturday, shaving 16 strokes to post a team score of 344. Doing so allowed the Eagles to leapfrog Hanover College and move into the 17th spot among 21 of the nation's best D-III teams.

Teeing off first in the field on Saturday, senior Amanda Kelley set the pace early for the Eagles to have a much better round. Following up on her highest score in several seasons, Kelley started with six pars on the first seven holes and made the turn at just two over par. "I just knew it would be a better day for Amanda," said head coach John Rogers. "She has always had the ability to turn things around, and it was nice to see her right the ship since this is her last collegiate event at Jekyll."

Kelley ended up shooting 82 in the second round, an improvement of 13 strokes from Friday.

Junior Jesse Bartley, who led the Eagles on Friday, continued her steady play, posting an 82 despite a triple bogey on her final hole. Bartley's driving and some greatly improved scrambling have helped her produce better-than-average scores at Jekyll. She successfully completed four straight up-and-down attempts starting on her sixth hole.

Sophomore Abby Papke turned in the third score for the Eagles, an 89 that was a five-stroke improvement from her first round. Papke had nothing higher than a bogey on the front nine.

Freshman Hannah Woodson was on track for her best collegiate round when she turned in 41 strokes, including a birdie on #14 (the Eagles started on #10), but she dropped 10 strokes on her 14th-16th holes and posted a 91. "Hannah worked very hard today on some swing improvements from yesterday," noted Rogers, "and she pulled it off for fifteen holes today. She will provide the team with some great results in the near future."

Freshman Heather Donnelly posted a 95 in the second round.

"This was a satisfying effort today," said Rogers. "The ladies stayed at the practice facilities until 8 p.m. last night trying to prepare for the second round, and then were on the range by 7 a.m. this morning, while it was still dark. And on the front nine we were only 17 over par as a team- that kind of scoring is more typical among top-30 teams, and it shows what these ladies are capable of doing, especially when they work as hard as they have this weekend."

Ranked 20th among the 21 teams in this national-level event heading into the weekend, the Eagles will look to solidify their 17th-place standing when play resumes on Sunday morning for the final round.

NYU holds a three-shot lead over Carnegie Mellon in the team championship.