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Donnelly Leads Eagles at Opening Day of Golfweek Invite

heather donnelly hits an iron shot

SANDESTIN, Fla. – Facing some of the top teams in the nation, the Bridgewater College women's golf team began play in Florida at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational.

The Eagles shot 358 on the tough Baytowne Golf Club course and sit in 17th place out of 18 competing teams.

Sophomore Heather Donnelly led the way with an 86, good for 66th place overall.

Donnelly started a strong stretch of golf with a birdie on the 150-yard par-3 7th hole. She made par on the par-5 9th, and then added four straight pars from #11-14.

"Heather has been emerging as a team leader just when we need her," said head coach John Rogers. "Her ball-striking is better, her putting is better, and her scoring is better. This was a solid round in her first appearance on this course."

Jesse Bartley carded an 89 and Savannah Scott shot 90. Bartley started strong with pars on four of her first seven holes, but was +10 on the back nine. Scott made three straight pars on the par-3 3rd, par-4 4th and par-5 5th holes before a pair of doubles on the next two holes. She would also par consecutive holes on #11 and #12.

Hannah Woodson turned in a pair of pars on both the front and back nines and shot 93. Abby Papke made consecutive pars on #12 and #13 en route to a 94.

For the Eagles, this was the highest team score of the season. "This was not the opening performance we were looking for," said Rogers. "We did not want to miss classes on Friday, so the ladies got up at 3 a.m. to fly down here on Saturday, and 7:30 came a little too fast this morning. Some fatigue, a tough golf course, and maybe some jitters when we were paired with two of the best teams in the nation- it just was a rough combination today. But these ladies are resilient, and the trick is to learn from the rough days."

The Eagles will start Round 2 tomorrow morning on the back-nine, and live scoring is available at: