JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Through the first of three rounds of the Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament, the FGCU women’s golf team holds eighth place in the field of ten teams with a team score of 308. The Eagles sit just one stroke out of a tie for sixth place and two strokes out of the top five.
Tournament leader, Mercer University, tops the field with a score of 294 in the first round at the Pine Lakes course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. Kennesaw State, ETSU, North Florida and Northern Kentucky currently sit in the top five with Jacksonville and Stetson also holding positions higher than FGCU. The Eagles hold an advantage over Lipscomb and USC Upstate with two rounds to play.
Individually, the tournament is led by two players. Kennesaw State’s Kaew Preamchuen and Jacksonville’s Jessica Welch each hold a one-under mark of 71.
“Today we struggled as a team,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “Scores overall were high and we didn’t do any one thing particularly wrong, we just didn’t get the ball in the hole. We had only one solid round today so it will be difficult to put up a strong team score. Tomorrow we have to stay patient as weather will be an issue and a fight for every shot.”
The Eagles were led by junior Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School) as she finished the first day of competition with a plus-1 score of 73. Price ranks tied for fifth with three others and sits only two strokes behind the tournament leader.
Price produced a perfect front nine before moving to one under on a birdie on the 13th hole. She added a bogey on 14 and 17 to finish the round atop the team rankings.
“I am proud of Georgia,” continued Trew of the team’s top player. “She was steady all day and didn’t force anything. She was very patient and accepted the shots that she hit.”
Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School) and Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School) each stand tied for 30th place in the field of 50 golfers with a score of 78. The duo sits at six strokes above par.
Carlson carded two bogeys on the front nine but added four more on the back nine to finish at plus-6. Guoynes recorded four bogeys on the front nine before settling in and carding just two during the back end of her round.
Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School) sits one stroke behind Carlson and Guoynes with a first-round score of 79. VanEtten birdied two of her first three holes but added two bogeys and a double bogey to her score on the front nine. She settled in on the back nine with four bogeys to finish in 33rd place after the first round.
Sophomore Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) rounded out the Eagle lineup with a score of 80. Yong went plus-8 with six bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th hole. She holds 37th place with two rounds remaining.
The Eagles and the rest of the Atlantic Sun teams will continue action on Tuesday, April 15 with another round of 18 holes. The teams will tee off beginning at 8 a.m. The tournament will conclude Wednesday with a third and final round at the Pine Lakes course.
T5. Georgia Price 73
T30. Briana Carlson 78
T30. Chelsea Guoynes 78
T30. Megan VanEtten 79
T37. Mei Khuan Yong 80
2.Kennesaw State 297
4.North Florida 305
5.Northern Kentucky 306
8. FGCU 308
10.USC Upstate 317