HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater women's golf team started their first multiple-round tournament of the 2019-20 season on Monday and they ended up playing a Jekyll and Hyde round of golf at Lakeview Golf Club that put them in second place with eighteen holes to play.
The Eagles were paced by freshman Savannah Scott, who already showcased her capability in a one-day shootout last week when she medaled with a score of 74. On Monday Scott wasted no time getting started- after a routine par on the first hole, she eagled the par-5 second hole on the Mountain Course and added a birdie on the 3rd hole. She then chipped in on the par-5 6th hole for another birdie, and held on to make the turn at 33 (-4), the lowest nine in team history.
Things did not go as smoothly on the Lake Nine for Scott or the Eagles, and a pair of triple bogeys led to a back-nine score of 46. The total of 79 led the team in their home tournament, and has Scott in eighth place among 47 players. "To start her career with a medal last week, and a front nine like this is quite a statement," said head coach John Rogers. "Savannah was frustrated with her back nine today, but the important thing is that she is adjusting very quickly to the demands of college golf, and she has demonstrated to herself what she is capable of doing. 79 is a good score regardless of how she got there."
Jesse Bartley came in next for the Eagles with a score of 80. Through two rounds, Bartley is demonstrating her senior leadership by averaging five strokes better than her average last season. She played steadily early in the round and was just one over par through six holes on the Mountain Course. On the back nine, Bartley had back-to-back double-bogeys on her 16th and 17 holes (after a shotgun start), but dropped a five-foot birdie putt on Lake #9 to finish the round in style and take a share of ninth.
Sophomore Heather Donnelly joined the team trend, playing the Mountain Course at +5 and the Lake at +7 to post 84. Having improved her full-swing, Donnelly is averaging four strokes better than last season, and Rogers said that she will be a threat in the ODAC as she becomes confident with her putting.
Sophomore Hannah Woodson went +5 and +8 on the two nines and shot a score of 85, a score that does not reflect the fact that she was just seven over par on sixteen holes and had two triple-bogeys on the remaining holes, including one on her final hole (Lake #8). Woodson was not satisfied with her round on Monday, but she is averaging an impressive ten strokes better than her freshman campaign, and is poised to have some exceptional scores this season.
Junior Abby Papke shot 92 and sits in the 33rd spot after the first round, while freshman Madolin Neff came in with a score of 87 playing as an individual.
The Eagles' team score of 329 has them in second place, trailing York College which leads with 314. Elizabeth Self of Lynchburg leads the individual championship after a score of 73 (+1).
"It's hard to argue with our score today," noted Rogers. "We are a young team, and this score is eighteen strokes better than our average a year ago, but I think we gave up 15 strokes just on two holes on the back nine (#7 and #8 on the Lake) and that's the difference in the tournament right now. As we gain experience and clean up a few things, this will be a very good team."
Play resumes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.