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Bartley Leads the Way at ODAC Championship

jesse bartley after making a putt

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Coming off her first collegiate medal and recognition as ODAC Player of the Week at Shenandoah, junior Jesse Bartley once again led the Eagles on Sunday, shooting 85 on the opening day of the ODAC Championship. The Eagles posted 362 to sit in third place, and Bartley is seventh individually.

Bartley was seven-over through eight holes after her approach on #17 (the ladies started on the back nine) hooked into a penalty area; but she bounced back with a birdie from the greenside bunker on par-5 #18 and held on to finish 12-over on the par-73 layout.

"Jesse has always had a ton of athleticism and talent, but lately she has been getting better at taking pressure off herself and just playing golf," said head coach John Rogers. "She's learning that good golf, and good scores, do not require perfection."

Amanda Kelley started the day with three pars, but found the water on the #13 signature hole at Bryan Park and took a triple bogey. Uncharacteristically, she dropped six strokes on par-5 holes after long, true drives, but coming in with a total of 90 still has the senior in 13th place.

Similarly, Heather Donnelly was playing along at a sub-bogey pace when her tee-ball found the penalty area on #6 (her 15th hole). After losing her shoe and almost her golf bag in the muddy hazard, she finished with a quintuple-bogey 10. Donnelly finished strong and her 93 has her in a tie for 14th.

Abby Papke also played steadily most of the day, dropping eight strokes on her 12th through 14th holes en route to a total of 94 which puts her in 18th place.

Hannah Woodson, playing in her first ODAC Championship, turned in a score of 101.

Washington & Lee, ranked #15 nationally, shot 317 to lead the way. The Eagles trail Shenandoah University by 13 strokes and have a four-stroke advantage over Randolph-Macon. "This was not quite the opening round we were looking for, but this is a resilient group of ladies and they will be ready to get back to work tomorrow," said Rogers.

The Eagles hit the course at 8:30 on Monday. Live scoring is available at: