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Bridgewater Individuals Competing in Marlins Invitational

amanda kelley hits an iron shot at virginia wesleyan

SUFFOLK, Va. - Bridgewater women's golf entered three individuals in the Marlins Invitational at Sleepy Hole this weekend as a final tune-up for next week's ODAC Championship.

In a small field of just twelve competitors, the Eagles made a significant mark on the first round, claiming the first, third, and fourth-place spots through eighteen holes.

Junior Amanda Kelley shot a steady 83 to open a four-shot lead on the field. Kelley, focusing recently on a smoother tempo in her swing, used her length to birdie two of the par-5 holes, #5 and #13. She has played steadily all season and on Sunday she will pursue her first collegiate medal.

Freshman Jesse Bartley, playing Sleepy Hole for the first time, shot 89 to finish the day in third place. Bartley was not pleased with her short-range pitches on Saturday, but she also did a good job applying some mental techniques she recently learned in a mental-game workshop.

Senior Casey Gaffney played a very steady round except for two holes, including the par-5 10th hole where she made a sextuple-bogey. Despite a couple tough holes, Gaffney held on for a score of 90, which placed her in a tie for fourth.

The Eagles said coming into the Marlins Invitational that their goal was to sweep the top-three spots, so they will chase that goal starting at 8:30 on Sunday morning.