Jags in sixth at Minnesota Invitational

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Sept. 16, 2013 AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The GRU Augusta Women’s Golf squad opened its season 2013-14 season Monday in the Minnesota Invitational, and three Jaguar freshmen led the way.

With senior Casey Kennedy sidelined with a back injury during the morning’s first round, the Jaguars posted a respectable 305 from its four healthy players. Kennedy managed to play in the afternoon and turned in a 6-over 78 as the squad combined for 313. The Jags’ 36-hole total of 618 (+42) tied them for sixth place with San Diego State and has them just three shots out of fourth place.

Illinois netted rounds of 300 and 303 to move out to a five-stroke lead over tournament host Minnesota and Kent State. Texas State and Nebraska are tied for fourth, three shots in front of the Jags and Aztecs. GRU Augusta’s Eunice Yi carded an even-par 72 in the first round and is tied for sixth at 7-over 151. Jessica Haigwood signed for rounds of 73-80 and is tied for 13th at 9-over 153. Josefine Nyqvist (79-76) is tied for 21st at 11-over 155, while Stephanie Bennett (81-86) is tied for 53rd.

The Minnesota Invitational is being contested at The Minikahda Club, previous host site of the 1916 U.S. Open, the 1927 U.S. Amateur, the 1957 Walker Cup, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 1998 Curtis Cup. The Golden Gophers are hosting the event for the first time since 2005.

The Jags, who are making their first appearance in the Minnesota Invitational, were paired with Nebraska and Illinois for 36 holes on Monday. The Jags’ lineup had a decidedly new look, with three freshmen -- Haigwood, Nyqvist and Yi -- qualifying for the squad’s first event, along with senior All-American candidate Kennedy and sophomore Bennett.

GRU Augusta is slated to play with Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton in Tuesday’s third and final round. A shotgun start is slated for 10:00 a.m. (EST). Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. For more information on the Minikahda Club, visit www.minikahdaclub.org.