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Eagles Win Marlins Invitational

the eagles with the first place plaque

AHOSKIE, N.C. - On Sunday, Bridgewater women's golf team shaved fourteen strokes from their first round total to pull away from the field in the Marlins Invitational at Beechwood Country Club.

For awhile in the second round Pfeiffer University was narrowing the Eagles' seven stroke lead, but Bridgewater came on strong as the round progressed, posting a team score of 350 that gave them a twenty-six shot victory.

Alongside the excitement of claiming their third win of the season, a highlight was senior Meghan Morris shooting a career round of 97 while playing as an individual. Morris, who averaged almost 130 as a freshman, shot 46 on the front nine today, demonstrating how far she has come with her game. "It was neat to see Meghan achieve this goal, and the ladies were all excited for her," said head coach John Rogers. "When Meghan wanted to join us four years ago all I asked was that she work as hard as everyone on the team, and she has obviously made great strides."

Fellow senior Amanda Kelley also had an impressive front nine, shooting a front nine score of 37 en route to a second place finish. Her two day total of 163 fell one shot short of Maggie Kingora of Virginia Wesleyan. Kelley's steady performance earned her a fifth appearance in the top-three in less than a year.

Junior Jesse Bartley rallied after a slow start, dropping three birdies in the final ten holes to shoot 86 and claim a top-10 finish. Bartley gained some momentum on the ninth hole when her approach shot spun around the hole, leaving a six-inch tap in for birdie. Bartley made a sidewinder on number thirteen, and closed out her round on number eighteen with a 15-foot birdie putt. She dropped seven strokes from her first round and finished the tournament in eighth place.

Freshman Hannah Woodson had a tough day chipping on Saturday, so she spent extra time working on it after the round and again Sunday morning. The hard work paid off as Woodson dropped four strokes and snuck into tenth place, the second top-10 finish of her young collegiate career.

Freshman Heather Donnelly followed the team trend of improving on the first round when she dropped eight shots to post 91 on the challenging Beechwood layout.

Sophomore Abby Papke also dropped a stroke and posted a 95 in the final round.

"Scoring was harder than we expected, especially Saturday," said Rogers. "A combination of wind and the domed greens on this course took the scores up, but in the end the main goal is to have fewer strokes than the other teams, and we achieved that. Our ladies have a lot to be proud of."

The Eagles are back in action on April 13 at the Shenandoah University Invitational.