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Eagles Take First Round Lead at Shenandoah

The eagles' golf team at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. - Among a field of 11 teams, the Eagles teed off first at the Green Turtle-Shenandoah University Invitational and set the pace, shooting 337 to open a seven shot lead.

The Eagles are the defending champs as a team in this event and senior Christina Herbert is defending the individual title. Herbert opened the tournament with a 2-under par 70 and has an eight shot lead with one round to go. "I was pleased with the round considering I haven't felt very sharp or confident in my ball striking this week," said Herbert. "I was able to pull it together when I got out on the course."

Amanda Kelley took a little while to find her ball striking too, but came in with an 86. The junior has definitely taken on a leadership role, starting the season with three straight rounds in the mid-80s. "I had a few too many putts today, but overall I am happy with how I am starting the season," she said.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley made the turn at only 4 over par and provided the team's third score of 87. "Jesse has been working hard on her swing techniques and sometimes it's difficult to carry the changes into competition," said head coach John Rogers. "But it really looked like she was starting to trust herself out there today."

The Eagles were a player short today for the official team and are looking forward to the return of senior Casey Gaffney tomorrow. In the meantime the team's fourth score was provided by freshman Meranda Ludholtz, who posted a 94.

Freshman Abby Papke played as an individual and finished with a score of 105.

When play resumes Sunday morning at 9 a.m., the Eagles will atempt to stay ahead of Christopher Newport University, a first year women's program that is already highly competitive.