HARRISONBURG, Va. - On a beautiful fall morning at Lakeview Golf Club, the Bridgewater women's golf team played a round of golf in which each player improved from the previous day, and four players set personal scoring records. When the dust settled the Eagles had one of their best team scores in recent years placed second behind a York College team that was top-40 nationally last season.
Flipping the script from Monday when the Eagles played very well on the Mountain Course at Lakeview and then dropped a lot of strokes on the Lake Course, Jesse Bartley shot one-under par (34) on her back nine to post her collegiate-best score of 74. Bartley only hit nine greens in regulation, but scrambled effectively and dropped multiple mid-length putts to save pars on her way to the lowest round in the field on Tuesday. The Bridgewater senior jumped from ninth to fourth place, and now has five straight top-10 finishes going back to last season.
"This was an impressive round," said head coach John Rogers. "Jesse was not exceptionally sharp, especially early in the round, but her maturity really showed today; she stayed patient and recovered exceptionally well from errant shots."
Freshman Savannah Scott had a less-eventful day that Monday when she posted 33-46 as her nine hole scores, and her second-round score of 78 was a stroke better. Scott has started her collegiate career with an individual win and this week with a tie for eighth.
Heather Donnelly also reversed the team trend from the first round- she turned from the Mountain at +7, which included a quintuple bogey on the par-5 3rd hole, but she had three birdies in the middle of the round and played the Lake side in +3 despite double bogeys on her final two holes. Her final tally of 82 is a new collegiate best, and it was one of her best putting days as well.
Hannah Woodson has played two events in the 2019-20 season and has beat her collegiate best twice already, posting an 83 today to round out the team score. Woodson had three birdies on the round, and only a couple holes prevented her from dipping into the 70s.
Following the team trend of improving on the first round of the Bridgewater Invitational, junior Abby Papke shaved five strokes and posted 87 on Tuesday. Showing the team's depth, freshman Madolin Neff posted 84 playing as an individual, relying on a total of just five-over par on the Mountain Course.
Eleven colleges participated in the Eagles' home event, and the Bridgewater score of 317 allowed the home team to finish in second place, widening their lead over third-place Lynchburg. This was the team's best number since the home tournament two years ago. "We generally pride ourselves on steadily improving as a team, and as individual players," said Rogers. "so it was great to see how the ladies moved forward today. It's been a very good start to the season."
The Eagles now have a first and second-place finish in two tournaments, and they are back in action at Emory & Henry next week.