Schmett ties record as Women’s Golf finishes fifth

Natalie Schmett tied the Jacksonville University school record with a three-under par 69 in the final round to lead the Dolphins to a fifth place finish at the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.


Schmett’s record setting round moved her into a tie for 16th in the individual competition at 13-over par.  The 3-under par round ties JU Hall of Famer Joanne Roberts low round in 1989.


Behind the brilliant round by Schmett, the Dolphins jumped into fifth place, passing Florida Gulf Coast in the final round.  JU shot an 18-over par, 306, and finished the event at 62-over par.  Kennesaw State won the team title at seven-over par, topping East Tennessee State by four shots.  ETSU’s Gabriella Wahl won the individual title on the second playoff hole over Mercer’s Lacey Fears after tying a 3-under par in regulation.


“Natalie put together a really strong round today and that is going to give her a lot of momentum going into the summer,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange.  “She showed today that she’s capable of shooting really good scores and can be a factor in the tournament every time she tees it up.


“While we didn’t play as well on the week as we had hoped, I was proud of how we fought all week and kept grinding.  I’m also really proud of our senior, Morgan Jackson, who completed her career today and has meant so much to our program over the last four years.”


Schmett’s round started slow – eight pars and one birdie, that coming on the par-4 fourth hole, to go out at one-under par.  The fireworks started on the par-5 11th where she rolled in a birdie and put together birdies on the next two holes as well to get to four-under par for the round.  After a par on the 14th, she posted another birdie at the par-4 15th to get to five-under par for the round.


Only a double bogey at the par-4 18th put a damper on her round as she signed for a 69.


Freshman Jessica Welch carded a four-over par 76 in the final round to tie Schmett in 16th at 13-over par for the event.  Jackson carded an eight-over par 80 to tie for teammate Francesca Yong, who shot a nine-over par 81, in 27th at 18-over par. 


Carlie Gehlhausen shot an 87 to finish alone in 43rd place.