WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2007
Men's golf takes fourth at the A-Sun Championship
April 18, 2007
The final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship marked the end of a great chapter in the history of the JU men's golf team as the trio of Russell Knox, Duncan Stewart and Jamie Kennedy played their final round together as teammates.
Knox went out on top, firing a four-under par 67 to finish in seventh place at nine-over par.
The Dolphins carded a 287 total in the final round to jump one spot to fourth place, finishing with a total of 902, 50-over par. East Tennessee State, ranked 17th in the country, won the title at 16-over par, 868, with Seamus Power winning the individual title at three-under par.
"The golf course played tough all week, but I am very proud of how the guys played today," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "I know that the seniors are disappointed, but they have accomplished a lot in their careers at JU. It's going to be very hard to replace those three guys next year."
Knox's got his final round going with a hot start, getting birdies at the third, seventh and nine holes to make the turn at three-under par. Back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and 12 moved him to five-under par before a bogey on the 13th sent him back to four-under.
He finished his round with five straight pars to tie the low round of the tournament.
Matt Kleinrock carded a one-over par 72 to finish in a tie for 12th at 13-over par. Kleinrock had a pretty steady day, with just two bogeys on No. 3 and 11 offset by a birdie on No. 12.
Kennedy and Joshua Kinsey each posted a three-over par 74 to count towards the team score. Kennedy opened the round with bogeys at the second and third holes, but recovered with a birdie at the fourth.
Another bogey-birdie foray came on the sixth and seventh holes as he made the turn at one-over par.
A double bogey on the 10th hole was topped by a bogey on the 14th to fall to four-over par for his round. A birdie-bogey-birdie finish capped his collegiate career in exciting fashion.
Kinsey opened with four bogeys and one birdie to make the turn at three-over par. He was able to get his round back on track with a birdie at the 11th, but gave that shot away with a bogey on the 17th. He ended his inaugural foray in the A-Sun Championship with a par to shoot 74.
Stewart, who is ranked in the top 50 nationally, got off to a solid start with a birdie at the second. But a bogey on the seventh was topped by a double bogey at the ninth as he made the turn at two-over par.
The back nine began with a bogey at the 10th, but turned around quickly with a birdie at the 11th. A bogey at the 14th was compounded by a double bogey at the 17th, but he was able to battle through it all for a birdie on the 18th to finish with a four-over par 75 and alone in 11th place.
The Dolphins finish their 2006-07 campaign with four tournament titles, the most by a JU in the past 15 years.
2006-07 MEN'S GOLF