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Kelley Leads Eagles to Strong Finish at Jekyll

the women's golf team at jekyll island

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Two days after one of her worst collegiate scores, Amanda Kelley tied her collegiate low with a 75 as the Bridgewater College women's golf team placed 17th at Jekyll Island.

Kelley played the back nine first, and coming to the tough stretch of holes 4-6 at just 3-over par, she birdied #5 to drop to +2. On perhaps the toughest hole on the course, #6, she double bogeyed with a ball under the bunker lip, but came back on #7 with an approach to seven feet for another birdie. Finally, she got up and down on the final two holes to score 20 shots better in the final round than the opening round.

Jesse Bartley was the steadiest for the team all week, and not only led when the team struggled on Friday, but ended up leading the team in total score for the week (250). "Our upperclassmen showed their experience this week and showed why they are team captains," said head coach John Rogers. "Amanda could have lost her composure after the Friday round but ended up making something special of the tournament, and Jesse stepped up when we really needed her."

Sophomore Abby Papke closed the tournament with a 90 today, an improvement of 27 strokes over her freshman showing at Jekyll.

Heather Donnelly and Hannah Woodson both posted 93 for the final team score. In their first trip to Jekyll, both had impressive stretches of golf that bode well for the future of BC women's golf.

"I need to give a shoutout to volunteer assistant coach Andrea Walker, who played 16 rounds at Jekyll during her career, and made the trip with us this year," said Rogers. "She was able to spend a good amount of time with our younger players and helped them with course knowledge as well as golf knowledge."

Despite playing the first nine holes in a cold rain, and chilly conditions throughout the day, the Eagles posted a final round score of 345, only one stroke higher than the second round. Entering this elite tournament ranked 20th of 21 teams, the Eagles moved up to 17th on Saturday and held the spot on Sunday.

"We achieved our goals this week and gained some experience in one of the strongest tournaments in D-3 golf," said Rogers. "The ladies faced some challenges in tough weather conditions and responded by working harder and keeping a positive outlook."

Carnegie-Mellon posted the round of the day (303 on Saturday) to claim the team championship. Navika Kuchakulla was the individual medalist with a total score of 220, 4-over par.