Women’s golf tied for fifth after 36 holes at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship

The Jacksonville women’s golf team improved its score by 14 shots in the second round and jumped into a tie for fifth after two rounds on the par-72 Venetian Bay Golf Club in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.


Senior Morgan Jackson shot a season-best even-par 72 and jumped into a tie for 22nd at 10-over par for the event.


Kennesaw State leads the competition at even-par, carding a four-under par 284 in the second round.   ETSU’s Gabriella Wahl leads the individual competition by one at four-under par after shooting a one-over par 73 on Tuesday.


“We played much better today, but we also left a lot of shots out there,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange.  “We’re looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and finishing the season on a strong note.”


Jackson’s round was steady to say the least.  She made the turn at one-over par due to a bogey at the par-4 seventh.  She got back to even with a birdie at the 10th, then followed up a bogey on the par-4 13th with a birdie on the par-5 17th to finish her round.


Francesca Yong had the second best round of the day for JU, shooting a three-over par, 75, to tie for 19th at nine-over par.  She started with eight straight pars before a bogey at the ninth and a double bogey at the 10th.


She bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 11th, but back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 12 and 13 moved her to 4-over par for the round.  A birdie at the 17th got her back 3-over par for the day.


Jessica Welch and Natalie Schmett each carded a six-over par, 78.  Welch is tied for 19th at nine-over par while Schmett slipped into a tie for 35th at 16-over par.  Carlie Gehlhausen shot a 15-over par, 87, and is in 42n at 29-over par.


The Dolphins will wrap up their season on Wednesday, looking to break the tie with Florida Gulf Coast for fifth place.