Oct. 15, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University golfer Jacqueline Shelly claimed victory after two rounds at the 7th annual JU Classic. The tournament was held at Marsh Landing Country Club and hosted by Jacksonville University. Shelly, a sophomore transfer from Mercer, won her first tournament as an Owl. The victory is also the first for an FAU golfer at the JU Classic.
The tournament was originally scheduled for three rounds. However, the final round was cancelled due to unplayable conditions.
Shelly carded a first round score of 70 on the Par 72, 5,987 yard course placing her in second. In the final round, she tallied 73 strokes for a final score of 143, taking a first place finish. Shelly collected five birdies and shot even par on 27 out of 36 holes.
Nicole Marino was FAU’s next finisher, tying for 55th place. The junior shot 84 in the first round to tie for 56th before carding 81 to improve her finish. Kayla DeSuza carded rounds of 85 and 83 for a tournament total of 168 strokes, finishing in 58th.
Heather Netti and Amanda Ploener rounded out FAU’s scoring, finishing just two strokes apart. Netti took 59th place after shooting rounds of 88 and 81. The freshman improved her finish from 62nd after the first round. Ploener carded rounds of 86 and 85 for a total of 171 strokes finishing in 61st.
The JU Classic brought together 11 teams including the College of Charleston, North Florida, Stetson, Daytona State College, Wofford College, Troy, JU, High Point, Winthrop, and USC Upstate.
FAU finished in 11th-place with a total of 67-over 643. The team carded a first round score of 325, good for 12th, before shooting 318 in the second round. FAU’s women’s golf team will compete at the 36th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. starting on Sunday, Oct. 20. The tournament will be hosted by conference opponent FIU.