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Kelley Leading Eagles Into Spring Season

amanda kelley takes a full swing

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - On a rain-soaked course at Hilton Head Lakes, the Bridgewater women's golf team opened their spring season Monday, led by senior Amanda Kelley who shot 81 and sits in eighth place among 39 players in the Pfeiffer Invitational.

Kelley, who is currently averaging nine strokes better than her freshman year, birdied her second hole of the day (#11 after a shotgun start) and played a seven-hole stretch in the middle of her round at one-over par. She credited her driver and some good scrambling with the solid opening performance of 2019.

Junior Jesse Bartley had three early holes that were double-bogey or higher, but she maintained mental focus and relied on her pre-shot routine to rally as the round continued. "Jesse's ball-striking sometimes suffers in really wet conditions so it took her a little while to come up with a game-plan," said head coach John Rogers, "but she really pulled it together and demonstrated why she is one of our leaders." Bartley's 88 put her in a tie for 23rd.

Sophomore Abby Papke also posted 88 for the Eagles, demonstrating how far she has come in a year- her last round on this course was a 101, and Papke is averaging better than eight strokes lower than her first collegiate season. "Now that I've seen some of the courses more than once, it makes it easier to get around. I feel more comfortable on the course when I know what to expect," said Papke, who chipped in twice during the round on Monday.

The freshman duo of Heather Donnelly and Hannah Woodson posted scores of 96 and 97 respectively, while they learned how to deal with sopping wet, spongy Bermuda grass. "It was so wet out there today that Heather actually walked right out of her shoe one time when it stuck in the muck," said Rogers. "These ladies will be stars for us, and right now they are learning to deal with some of the challenges of collegiate golf."

The Eagles finished the first round in sixth place among 10 teams, but two squads in front of them are D-II programs. Bridgewater will look to move up the leaderboard when play resumes at 9:30 on Tuesday.