SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
Men’s golf opens 2010-11 season at Kansas Invitational
The JU men’s golf team will open its 2010-11 season on Monday as the Dolphins tee off in the Kansas Invitational.

The Dolphins will be making their first appearance in the 15-team event, which opens with 36 holes, followed by the final round on Tuesday. Some of the headliners in the event are Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska of the Big 12.

“This is great event for us to get our season started,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’ve had a couple weeks of good preparation and we’re looking forward to see how we fare in a tournament against some good programs.”

Jacksonville’s lineup for the season opener will feature a senior, a junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

The surprise addition to the lineup is freshman Brian Phelan, who has posted some solid scores in pre-tournament qualifying. The Ponte Vedra Beach native started his college career by leading the team’s qualifying tournament – posting the best round of the day twice in the lead up to the event.

“Brian came to school with his game in great shape and was ready to compete from the first practice,” Blackburn said. “I’ve been really impressed with how he has handled himself getting ready for this event.”

For Stephen Healy, this event begins his final season at JU. The senior from Ireland is looking to rebound from a junior season that saw his stroke average rise to 76.5.

“Stephen has a tremendous amount of talent and ability,” Blackburn said. “He’s capable of being a very good player, especially with his short game.”

Bobby Fredeking is looking to pick up where he left off during his sophomore campaign. The junior led the team in stroke average a year ago at 74.16 and looks to make that number lower this season.

“Bobby was our leader last year and he’ll be the first to tell you that he has room to improve,” Blackburn said. “I look for Bobby to have another big season and contend for some tournament titles.”

Two sophomores will jump into their second season at JU looking to make an impact. Jamey Salmon and Taylor Szyndlar both saw a lot of action last season and are expected to take another step forward this season.

“I’m excited about the potential that Jamey and Taylor have,” Blackburn said. “If they continue to improve, they are going to have great seasons.”