JU Classic set to tee off on Monday
The JU women’s golf team will welcome 10 other teams to town as the Dolphins start their spring season with the 2010 JU Classic at the Hidden Hills Country Club.

Stetson comes into the event as the tournament favorite, ranked 72nd nationally according to Golfstat. The Hatters came in second last year to Campbell in the inaugural event.

JU took fifth last year in the 10-team event, led by Morgan Jackson, who took third place amid tough scoring conditions that saw the individual title won by Campbell’s Sarah Bejgrowicz at six-over par, 150.

“This year’s event has a strong field and we’re ready to go,” said JU assistant coach Pamela Shelley. “We’ve had a good month of practice and the team is ready to play in a tournament to see where we are.”

The Dolphins are coming off a solid fall season that saw JU finish with a 313.2 stroke average, just over five shots better than the best stroke average in school history.

Junior Meghan Hughes will start at No. 1 for JU after leading the Dolphins in the fall with a 77.6 stroke average. She cracked the top 20 twice in four events, with her best finish being a tie for 10th at the Troy Women’s Invitational. Hughes tied for 15th in the event last year as a sophomore at Daytona State.

The Dolphins will start senior Paige Gifford, freshman Francesca Yong, and juniors Melissa Magdor and Kristen Boettcher.

Gifford tied for 30th last season, posting an eight-over par 80 in the second round. She finished the fall with the Dolphins second best scoring average at 78.33, posting two career-best rounds of even par 72.

Yong was impressive during the fall season, posting a 79.4 stroke average after opening her career with a fifth place finish at Lady Eagle Invitational.

This will be the second appearance in the event for Magdor as well, who led Daytona State with a tie for 13th at 17-over par, 161. Magdor improved as the fall progressed, finishing with a 79.5 stroke average.

Boettcher, who battled injuries late in the fall that held her out of one event, finished the fall season with a 79.63 stroke average after opening the season with a second place at the Lady Eagle Invitational.

Jackson, Jessica Williams and Alison Cornell will all play as individuals for JU.