PINEHURST, N.C. – Jacksonville University women's golf wrapped day one of the Pinehurst Challenge in eighth after two rounds on Monday.
The Dolphins were fifth after a 300 in round one at Pinehurst No. 6, and were just one stroke higher in the second round.
The start of the first round was delayed a half hour due to heavy fog, but it eventually lifted to expose clear, sunny skies at the resort course, new to the players this year after the event was held at the No. 1 course last fall.
Hannah Berman was again the low-scorer for JU, putting together the team's best first day on the course for the third consecutive week. She shot even par in the first round, and a 1-over 73 in the second has her tied for sixth on the leaderboard heading into the final round. Maria Brunzell was 1-over her first 18 holes, before dropping two strokes the second time through. She sits tied for 16th with a 4-over 148. Amanda Detmer shook off a first round 77 by shaving off two strokes her second time through the course. Louise Persson birdied two and Mawgan Vater carded three birdies in the second round, and both players are separated by just a stroke.
Only one player was better on Par 4s on the day than Berman, who shot 1-over and recorded a team-high six birdies. Brunzell was JU's best on Par 3s and Par 5s, shooting even on the short holes and 2-under on the long ones. She also sank a team best 23 pars.
Tomorrow's final round starts at 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start. Both Brunzell and Berman start on hole five, with Detmer going off six, Persson seven and Vater eight.