July 2, 2015
WASHINGTON - It has been a busy summer for Georgetown University rising sophomore women's golfer Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass. /The Taft School), and she wouldn't have it any other way.
After a busy freshman year, capped by being named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, winning the league's individual championship and helping the Hoyas to a runner-up finish, she has continued her strong play during summer events.
Last week, Eleey advanced to the semifinal match of the first flight at the Women's Western Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Just days later, the Massachusetts native and big Boston sports fan was playing in a foursome with former Boston Red Sox star Tim Wakefield and former Boston Bruins standout Andy Brickley, along with Sara Brown of The Golf Channel at media day for the WB Mason Championship.
"It was unbelievable," Eleey said of the round last week. "I've watched Sara Brown's show on Golf Channel, Tim Wakefield bring home two World Championships, and Andy Brickley commentate for the Bruins. It was mind-blowing to be seeing them all on TV and then teeing it up with them for nine holes.
"Just walking down the fairway and talking with Sara about my college career and having Mr. Wakefield applauding one of my shots was surreal. It was an incredible experience to just be around all of these people who have such high quality resumes. It is a round of golf that I will always remember."
Eleey had rounds to remember during the WWGA, held at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club in Brentwood, Tenn. from June 15-20. She posted a two-round score of 12-over par 156 and did not make the cut for the championship round, but had a strong first round in stroke play. Eleey was 6-over through 12 holes, but then birdied four of the last six holes to finish at 3-over par 75.
"This was my first year playing in the Women's Western and it was a blast," Eleey said. "It's one of the top amateur tournaments in the country and I could tell why when I stepped onto that golf course for the first time. Every player there was good."
Playing in the first flight when the WWGA moved to match play, she won matches against opponents from Wake Forest and UCLA, before falling in the semifinal match of the first flight to Blakesly Warren from Tennessee.
"Even though missed the cut by one stroke, I was happy with the way I played, especially in that first round," Eleey said. "During match play I went up against players from some top-notch golf programs and I was able to keep up with them for the most part. It was a great experience to be around top world-ranked amateurs because it inspired me to try and take my game to the next level."
The round in Boston and the tournament in Tennessee have not been Eleey's only rounds this summer. She also played in a U.S. Open qualifier and in the Griscom Cup, as well as rounds at Philadelphia Country Club, Ferncroft Country Club (Mass.), Brook Meadow (Mass.) and Winged Foot (New York).
In addition, Eleey also plans to play in the New England Open, the Mass. Open and has a sponsor's exemption to complete in the WB Mason Championships, a Symetra Tour event.