SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2007
Men's golf begins title defense on Monday

April 15, 2007

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A year ago, the Jacksonville men's golf team took the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship record book and tore it to shreds in winning the title.

Now, the Dolphins go from being the hunter to the hunted as they begin their title defense on Monday at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club.

JU senior Duncan Stewart is also defending a title as well. With back-to-back titles, Stewart is seeking the first "three-peat" in championship history.

"This is a very tough golf course and is going to be a great test for all the teams," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "Everyone is going to be aiming for us, but we need to focus on our game and let the rest take care of itself."

While this is the first time the championship has been held at Sanctuary Cove, the Dolphins are no strangers to the course - winning the Sanctuary Cove Preview to open the season by 14 shots over North Florida, posting a total of 14-under par for 36 holes.

"Our guys have a lot of confidence on the course," Taketa said. "But this golf course has matured a lot since we played it back at the beginning of the season."

Stewart has had a stellar season, winning three individual titles to become the school's all-time leader in career tournament wins with eight. He is currently ranked in the top 20 nationally according to GolfStat.

Joining Stewart in the lineup is seniors Russell Knox and Jamie Kennedy, junior Matt Kleinrock and sophomore Joshua Kinsey.

Knox, an honorable mention All-America selection last season, has turned in a stellar spring and is second on the team in stroke average.

Kleinrock has raised his game to a new level, winning his first collegiate tournament at the Braveheart Classic in March. After some troubles with his swing in the fall, Kennedy's game has come around in the past few events.

While those four were vital to last year's title run, Kinsey is getting his first taste of the conference championship.