The Winthrop women's golf team opened its 2015 spring season with a 15th place finish at the JU Amelia Island Collegiate, hosted by Jacksonville University on Monday and Tuesday at the Amelia National Golf Club.
The scheduled 54-hole event was shortened to 36 holes after rain forced officials to cancel the final round after play had started on Tuesday morning.
Winthrop shot a team score of 644 (329-315) on the Par-72, 6,029-yard layout to finish bottom of the 15-team field. Florida International captured the team championship with a final score of 580 (286-294) to finish seven shots ahead of Daytona State College and North Florida who tied for second. FIU's Meghan MacLaren captured medalist honors with a blistering 11-under par 133 (64-69).
Senior Jennifer Dilger (Palmdale, Calif.) had the best finish for the Eagles as she tied for 36th place after shooting 154 (77-77). Freshman Ashley Sloup (Southport, N.C.) tied for 56th with a 157 (83-74). Winthrop's other three players were Anna Jenkins (Sr., Rock Hill, S.C.), who tied for 69th at 165, Viivi Nuorti (Sr., Helsinki, Finland), who tied for 74th at 168, and Chandler Case (Fr., Rock Hill, S.C.) who finished 79th with 177.
The Eagles will return to action March 20-22 when they travel to Orlando, Fla., for the Shootout at Shingle Creek tournament.