Orange Park, Fla. – The Stetson University women’s golf team had five bad holes on Friday in the opening round of the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational, leaving the Hatters with ground to make up.
Each of the Hatters four scoring players had one hole that got away from them, and the combination left Stetson in 12th place in the 16-team event after the first round of play. The Hatters posted an opening round score of 17 over par 305 and are in a group of 11 teams within seven shots of each other.
Delaware leads the tournament after the first day of play. The Blue Hens posted an opening round score of three-over par 291, good enough for a one shot lead over Georgia State (292) and two shot advantage over Elon (293).
Individualy, Berglind Bjornsdottir from UNC Greensboro and Emily Brooks from Elon are tied after posting matching scores of three-under par 69. Lauren Court of Georgia State got the day started with an ace on the par 3 second hole and is tied with Lauren Conder of Richmond and Chelsea Guoynes of Florida Gulf Coast for third place at one-under par.
Six players are tied one shot back at even par.
For Stetson, senior Ryan Ashburn led the way by posting a two-over par 74. Her round started with eight consecutive pars before a double bogey on the par four ninth hole. She followed with a bogey on 10, but righted the ship by playing two under par the rest of the way. Ashburn is tied for 23rd in the tournament, but is just two shots off the top six.
Senior Jenna Hoecker ran into trouble on the same hole that bit Ashburn, posting a double bogey on the ninth hole to finish the front nine at four over par. She played the back nine even with two birdies and two bogeys to finish with a 76, good for a tie for 44th place.
Another senior for Stetson, Sammi Smith, entered the last two holes at just two over par before a double bogey on the par five 17th was followed by a bogey on 18, dropping her to a five-over par 77 on the day. She is tied for 51st overall.
The fourth Stetson senior, Claudia Redinger, made the turn at one-over par despite a double bogey on the par five 7th hole, but ran into a rough stretch on the back nine that included four straight bogeys on holes 13 through 16. She then had a second double on the 18th to finish the day with an eight over 78. She is tied for 60th in the field.
Freshman Giulia Vandenberg, who is playing in her first spring event, had struggles throughout the day. She had five double bogeys to go with two birdies and two bogeys to finish with a 10-over par 82. She is tied for 75th overall.
The tournament will resume with the second round of competition on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. The Hatters, paired with players from Morehead State and Samford, will open play on the back nine for the second round.Live scoring for the tournament will be available throughout the day at www.GolfStat.com.