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Eagles Host Bridgewater Invitational

an eagle drives off the tee

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater women's golf team started their annual home tournament on Saturday, hosting the Bridgewater Invitational at Lakeview Golf Club. A team score of 344 placed the Eagles in seventh place among 13 teams.

Sunday's round was rained out, making Saturday's results final.

Bridgewater was led in the first round by junior Jesse Bartley who shot 79 and is currently in a tie for sixth among 71 players. Bartley came out ready to play with a birdie on her first hole (Peak #9 after a shotgun start) and when she added a birdie on her 10th hole she was even par. She had two double-bogies in the middle of the round, but they did not prevent another solid round for Bartley, who is currently averaging five fewer strokes per round than she did last season.

Senior Amanda Kelley posted 85 on Saturday. Kelley started slowly with a string of bogies on the Mountain Course and turned at 10-over par, but as she tends to do, she bounced back with a 3-over score of 38 on the Peak Course.

Freshman Heather Donnelly has emerged as a reliable third scorer for the Eagles, and she posted an 88 in the first round. 

Abby Papke posted 92 to provide the final number in the team tally, and her scoring average in the early part of the season is almost five strokes better than the 2018 season.

Freshman Hannah Woodson shot 96 on Saturday after a hot start - she chipped in on the par-5 third hole on the Mountain Course for a birdie and she was only one shot over par through five holes.

Senior Meghan Morris returned to action after a semester abroad in the spring portion of the 2017-18 season and she shot 106 playing as an individual.

Christopher Newport University has the lead in the Bridgewater Invitational after a team score of 320 which puts them two shots ahead of Denison University. The Eagles are in seventh place, ten strokes behind Eastern University and two shots in front of Shenandoah University.

"We have been fortunate to win our home event four years in a row," said head coach John Rogers. "But the field is twice as big and twice as strong as it was just a couple years ago. Today's results show how much stronger and deeper D-III women's golf has become. Our job now is to take our young team and move forward to meet the challenge provided by all these excellent programs." 

Play is scheduled to resume at 9:00 Sunday morning if weather allows.