Knox and Stewart begin quest for Nationals on Thursday

May 16, 2007

ATLANTA - For Duncan Stewart and Russell Knox, Thursday begins their new golf career.

The duo of graduated seniors from JU get a rare opportunity to begin their career as an individual early, against an elite field in trying to advance from the NCAA East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia.

It is a unique chance for each of the players as they wrap up their amateur careers and begin their career in the professional ranks this summer - trying to make the cut and advance to the national championship. Only the top two individuals on teams not advancing will reach the nationals.

"This is a great honor for Duncan and Russell and they are both deserving of this chance to compete against the best in the nation," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "They have had a tremendous college career and this is a perfect bridge for them as they cross over from amateur to professional this summer."

Their appearance in the regional marks the third straight year that JU has advanced to the postseason. Stewart was selected as an individual after his sophomore campaign in 2005 while the entire team advanced a year ago by virtue of the automatic bid from winning the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

"The men's golf program has made great strides over the past three seasons due in part to these young men," Taketa said. "For JU to be represented in the postseason three straight years is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to these young men and their dedication."

Stewart will tee off at 1:23 p.m., with Knox in the final group at 1:32 p.m.