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Eagles Open Play vs. Tough Field in Lexington

abby papke hits a fairway shot

LEXINGTON, Va. - The Bridgewater College women's golf team opened play in Lexington at the Generals Invitational, facing some of the top teams in the nation.

W&L took their home tournament "national" this year and Bridgewater was the only other ODAC team invited (between Marin Warring and Christina Herbert, BC has had the past four medalists at this event). Along with the Eagles, the tournament featured 10 of the top teams in the country.

The Eagles shot 336, their second best result of the season, despite having several players battling various ailments.

Amanda Kelley shot a team-best 81. She started on #10 with a birdie, and then made birdie on #11 as well. Jesse Bartley carded an 82 and continues to make strides from last year. 

Abby Papke shot 86- a new collegiate best. This was the first time she has posted the third score for the team and she has counted in every round this season. She tends to be accurate, but she is adding length and learning new short-game shots.

"I'm starting to become more confident in my game, which is causing me to relax," said Papke. "I have more fun when I'm not worried about how I'm playing."

Heather Donnelly continued her remarkably consistent rookie season with an 87. She birdied the difficult par-3 14th hole, and nearly scored better but had a quad-bogey on #18 and a few missed short putts.

Fellow freshman Hannah Woodson shot 90. This was her best score so far, but she has also been getting a heavy dose of instruction to start the season and the coaching staff expects great things come spring season.

Bridgewater is 11th out of 11 squads (including a Methodist B team- Centre did not bring enough players to score but does have the individual leader), but when GolfStat rankings come out next week the Eagles will be listed well below the other teams.

"We have had some success at this event in the past, but it's now an elite-level tournament and we knew we were diving into the deep end this week," said head coach John Rogers. "Despite our position, I'm really pleased with the effort the ladies made, shooting a respectable score despite several injuries and illnesses."

Play will resume at 9:00 on Monday morning.