PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville University women's golf started the 2017-18 season at home Monday, and felt right at home, shooting the third lowest two-round total in program history to hold the 36-hole lead after the first day of the 10th Annual Jacksonville Classic at Marsh Landing Country Club.
"It's a good position to be in, leading the tournament, our home event," said Head Coach Jennifer Borocz. "Everyone is chasing us so we have to put up a good number tomorrow."
Junior Amanda Detmer got the day started on a high note, shooting an even par 72 in the first round to lead JU. Her score was the second best of round number one. Reigning ASUN Freshman of the Year Michelle Forsland was not far behind with a three-over 75. Their scores were good enough to lead JU into an eighth place finish in round one.
Forsland was just warming up. She used a strong start to round two, in which she birdied four of her first six holes, to springboard into the top two. She continued her hot play on the back nine, notching two more birdies to finish with a 67, one stroke off the all-time low round of 66, set by Jessica Welch in 2014. Her two round 142 was good for the individual lead heading into the final round.
Her teammate Detmer took only a backseat to Forsland, shooting one stroke better in the second round to finish with a 143 (72+71).
The good scores in round two did not end there, as junior Maria Brunzell shot nine strokes better the second time around the course, finishing with a 153 (82+71) to charge into the top 30.
"That's kind of typical of us, especially here at Marsh Landing. Our second round is usually better than our first," said Borocz. "It's good, they learn where the pins are and the yardages and finish the day strong."
Jacksonville's team 592 (-16) tied the score recorded by 2014-15 squad at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational. The second round 286 tied the second lowest round in program history, most recently done twice during the Kiawah Island Classic twice last year, and finishing one stroke off the best mark ever in team history.
Hannah Berman was consistent in her first action as a Dolphin, finishing today at 154 (77+77), while freshman Paula Trejo-Lerdo went for a 171 (87+84).
Junior Louisse Persson shot a 167 (88+79) while competing as an individual.
Round three starts Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Follow the action here.