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Kelley Leads Strong Finish at Glade Springs

the eagles after the glade springs invitational

DANIELS, W.V. - On the strength of a career round by senior Amanda Kelley, the Eagles shaved 18 strokes from their first round score to finish in fifth place in a field of 12 D-II teams at the Glade Springs Intercollegiate. Kelley's low round of 75 led to a team score of 334 on the Cobb course at Glade Springs Resort.

Kelley, a second team All-ODAC selection last season, has clearly taken over a leadership role for the Eagles. On Tuesday, she started the round in strong fashion, playing under par through the first seven holes. Kelley dropped five shots in the middle of the round, but bounced back with birdies on her 15th and 16th holes. Her two day total of 156 beat her previous best in a tournament by three strokes, and moved her into third place in a strong field of Division 2 players. "Today just felt really good. I knew I had that kind of score in me and now I know I can go out there and get it done," she said.

Junior Jesse Bartley has also been thrust into a leadership position on the young Bridgewater squad and she also answered the call on Tuesday by posting a 79, only two strokes off her career number. On the par 5 second hole (her fifth hole after a shotgun start) Bartley hit a driver and 5-wood to leave her a 30-foot eagle putt, which she rammed in the cup. This was a satisfying round for the junior because in the first round she played well except for two blowup holes, but in the second round she had nothing worse than a bogey. Bartley rolled in a three-foot birdie putt to break 80, and she jumped into a top-10 finish.

The Eagles' third score of the day was provided by freshman Heather Donnelly, who followed her first round 86 with an 88 on Tuesday. "Heather hits the ball a long way and I think she will be a steady contributer for us in the years ahead," said head coach John Rogers. "Today she played very well, and just had a little trouble in the bunkers."

For the second day in a row, sophomore Abby Papke provided the final score for the team total, a 92 that was only three shots off her collegiate best. Papke continued her trend of playing down the middle and avoiding big mistakes.

Freshman Hannah Woodson completed her first collegiate tournament with a 102.

"We have talked about wanting to keep our team scoring average under 340 this year, so I think this round will be a confidence booster for our young team," said Rogers.

The Eagles are back in action September 15th at the Knights Invitational, hosted by Southern Virginia University.