Connelly Competes In NJCAA National Tourney
DAYTONA?BEACH, FL – Iowa Lakes golfer Ashton Connelly would finish play in the 2016 NJCAA?Womens’ National Golf Tournament in 86th place for a final score of 292 after the tournament had to be shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather.
Connelly, a former Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawk golf standout, shot a 95 for the first day of the tournament last Monday, May 16. The score put her in a tie for 68th place in the field after shooting a 44 on the front nine and 51 on the back nine of the course.
Thunderstorms would force the second day of the tournament to be stretched into Wednesday for part of the field. Connelly would shoot a 98 in the second round, completing her round on Wednesday, May 18, and then turned around and completed the third round of the tournament later on Wednesday, shooting a 99.
The poor weather conditions would not relent, and officials decided on Thursday after thunderstorms continued, to conclude the tournament with just 54 holes of scoring from the scheduled 72 holes.
“Ashton played hard all week, she had some moments where she just needed to just stay focused. It’s a tough tournament especially when a player has never played a four day tournament,” noted Iowa Lakes Golf Coach Andy Soper. “She ended her Iowa Lakes career as a National Qualifier which is quite an accomplishment. I a.m very proud of her and all the work she has put in.”