WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's golf team opened its spring season with a ninth-place finish at the 43-team Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic. The Hoyas shot a 36-over par 900 over the three-day tournament, played on two courses at Kiawah Island Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina - the par-72, 5,964-yard Osprey Point course as well as the par-72, 5,941-yard Oak Point course.
The tournament hosts, College of Charleston, won the event with an 8-over par 872. Murray State (879), Jacksonville (882), UNC Wilmington (886) and Western Kentucky (889) rounded out the top five. Georgetown tied for ninth with Georgia Southern, Navy and East Tennessee State.
The Hoyas shot a 9-over par 297 during Sunday's opening round to sit in a tie for 11th place after 18 holes. Following Monday's round, the Blue & Gray was in 15th place after shooting 12-over par 300. Sunday featured high scores across the board as the Hoyas carded a 15-over par 303, the sixth-best round of the day, to move up six spots to a tie for ninth.
Senior Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) was GU's top finisher, carding a 3-over par 219 to place in a tie for 15th. She started the tournament with a 2-under par 70 on Sunday, sitting in a tie for fifth place.
Fellow senior Lauren Gros (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep) finished in a tie for 44th at 9-over par 225. She sat in a tie for 104th after Sunday's first round before recording a career-best 2-under par 70 on Monday to jump 66 spots to a tie for 38th.
Junior Christina Parsells (Bernardsville, N.J./Kent Place) shot an 11-over par 227 to tie for 58th. Classmate Alexa Popowitz (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) recorded a 17-over par 233 and sophomore Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake Senior) carded a 24-over par 240.
Georgetown will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday, March 5-6, when the squad travels out west for The Battle of Boulder Creek at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.