Women's golf signs two for the 2008-09 season

Nov. 27, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Paige Gifford and Morgan Jackson signed to join the JU women's golf team for the 2008-09 season.

The two additions to the program will help ease the loss of senior Heather Fudge to graduation following the season.

"We're excited about bringing these two talented players into our program," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "They both have a lot of potential and will add depth to our team that we haven't had in some time."

Jackson, a native of Seminole, Fla., will join the Dolphins after a stellar career at Northside Christian Academy. She tied for 16th at the Florida State High School Golf Championship this year and led Northside Christian to a third place finish in the Class A tournament.

A two-sport athlete, Jackson comes from a golfing background as her sister, Danielle, plays at Stetson.

"Morgan is an exceptional athlete that brings a lot of competitiveness on to the golf course," Taketa said. "Her clubhead speed allows Morgan to hit the ball quite far off the tee, which will make the par 4s play shorter as well as the ability to hit some par 5s in two. She will definitely have to work on her short game this summer but the potential is there for her to become a very solid collegiate player."

Gifford, a native of Kent, Wash., joins the program after two seasons at Green River Community College. A winner of four individual titles during her junior college career, she earned all-conference honors in 2006 and 2007.

Her amateur record is solid as well, winning the Washington State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship in 2007 and a fourth place finish in the Public Links Championship.

" Paige grew up around golf as her mother is an accomplished player and her brother Shawn is the Golf Professional at prestigious Adios Golf Club in Coconut Creek, Fla.," Taketa said. "Paige is an exceptional player as shown by her consistency at Green River and her accomplishments in high level amateur tournaments. Paige should make an immediate impact in our program as well as in the Atlantic Sun Conference."