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Women's Golf Wins Again

the eagles with their winner's plaque at randolph-macon

GLEN ALLEN, Va. - For the second time in a week the Bridgewater women's golf team finished at the top of the field, this time at Belmont Golf Course in Glen Allen, Va. The Eagles posted a team score of 347 to finish eight shots clear of the hosts from Randolph-Macon College.

Senior Amanda Kelley, coming off a medal and an ODAC Player of the Week award for her performance at Southern Virginia last week, followed up with a second place finish in the Randolph-Macon Fall Invitational. Kelley played the inward nine in 39 strokes to post a 9-over total of 82, three strokes behind Liza Lewis of Randolph-Macon.

Junior Jesse Bartley and sophomore Abby Papke turned in a pair of 86s which gave them both their second top-10 finish in a row. Bartley made a big turn around shooting 39 on the back nine after a 47 on the front. "I was getting frustrated by the end of the front nine, but decided on the back to change my routine and just become more reactive and athletic, and it seemed to pay off," said Bartley. For Papke, the round was a new collegiate personal record in relation to par.

Freshman Hannah Woodson provided the fourth team score with a 93. Woodson birdied the par-4 seventh hole.

Freshman Heather Donnelly came out hitting greens in regulation early in the round, but had some tough breaks later in the day and finished with a 97.

After finishing atop a six-team field last Thursday, the Eagles pulled away from the other three teams in the event this week, to finish the fall season with back-to-back victories.

"After graduating one of the top players in the country, our young and relatively inexperienced team has had to find a new identity," said head coach John Rogers. "With a top-five finish in a D-II tournament and two team wins, I would say the new identity looks a lot like this program's tradition of success."

The Eagles will be back in action at Hilton Head Lakes in March.