PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville University entered Tuesday morning in contention to win the 10th Annual Jacksonville Classic, sitting atop the leaderboard with a 36-hole lead of three strokes.
"I told them 'Just play golf'," said Head Coach Jennifer Borocz prior to her team teeing off.
Riding consistently steady scores from all competitors on a day in which high winds and dry course conditions at Marsh Landing Country Club caused higher scores all around, JU did exactly what it needed to do to win its home event for the first time. The team's 888 is the third lowest three round score in program history.
"Everybody seemed really focused," said Borocz. "Seminole State came out to a hot start and we got down and we just stayed very steady."
Coming off of the second best round in program history in round two Monday and the third best two round total, the Dolphins' Michelle Forsland, Amanda Detmer and Maria Brunzell picked right up where they left off yesterday.
Forsland and Detmer took home co-medalist honors after shooting 215 to finish as the only two players under par for the tournament. That 1-2 punch set up Jacksonville well to be a force, but it was the consistency in the lineup that led to the victory.
"You're only as good as your fourth and fifth scores," said Borocz. "Everybody contributed to the win, it's a great start to our season."
Brunzell finished strong after a tough start (82+71+73), to finish tied for 13th with a 226. Hannah Berman was a mark of consistency (77+77+78) for a 232 and freshman Paula Trejo-Lerdo put a tough first day behind her to shoot a 78 on Tuesday & finished with a 249. It was both Berman and Terjo-Lerdo's first tournament action at JU. Individual competitor Louise Persson shot a 250. See all the results from the tournament here.
"This is a great start to our season. I know these girls have it in them so I think this is a great motivator and it's great momentum for our season," Borocz said.
Up next, JU travels to Pinehurst, North Carolina for the 2017 Pinehurst Challenge. The tournament runs from Monday October 9 to the 10.