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Women's Golf Wraps Up Play at Jekyll Island

jesse bartley lines up a putt on the green

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The Bridgewater women's golf team posted a final round score of 333, but a solid showing did not prevent them from dropping three spots to finish the elite Jekyll Island Collegiate in 19th Place- exactly where they were ranked coming in.

"We definitely are not in midseason form just yet," said head coach John Rogers. "After finishing the first round inside the top-15 this is not quite the finish we were looking for, but the ladies worked hard all week- even staying at the course to practice after very long rounds of golf, and they still got to see that they can be competitive with teams that are highly ranked at the national level."

Christina Herbert had her most consistent round of the tournament on Sunday, shooting 74 to finish tied for eighth place. At her three previous visits to Jekyll, Herbert had finished in the top-four.

"I know Christina would love to have claimed a medal here before she graduated," said Rogers, "but she has not quite found her groove this season and she really had to gut it out on the course this week to finish as strong as she did. She was five-over par in her first round, and seven-over par on the following nine holes, but she played the final 27 holes of the tournament at even-par and in my book it takes a real champion to do that when you are wrestling with your game."

Junior Amanda Kelley played the most steady for the Eagles this week. After an 87 in the first round she dropped to 82 on Saturday and added an 83 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 73rd. Kelley has developed the kind of maturity that allows her to right the ship when things get going in the wrong direction.

Senior Casey Gaffney completed her first tournament of the season with a round of 87. Gaffney had some short game troubles on the front nine but bounced back with a 41 on her second nine.

Sophomore Jesse Bartley had ups and downs in the Jekyll Island Collegiate this week, but she broke 90 in all three rounds, and improved on her total score from last year by nine strokes.

Freshman Abby Papke concluded her first trip to Jekyll Island with a final round score of 101. She rallied at the start of her back nine by completing the first five holes in just three-over par.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the tournament with a final tally of 49 shots over par, followed by top-ranked New York University, who was five shots back.

The Eagles are back in action next weekend at Randolph Macon College's home tournament.