MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010
Women’s golf kicks off season with Labor Day Shootout next Monday
Women’s college golf will see its season kick off a week from today with the inaugural Labor Day Shootout at the TPC at Sawgrass with an elite field taking aim on the PLAYERS Stadium Course.

JU will be hosting the one-day, 36-hole event that features four teams that are expected to play in the postseason this year – including national powers Florida, UCF and Chattanooga.

“We’re excited to be hosting this event and starting our season against some of the top teams in the country,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We have high hopes for this upcoming year and there is no better way to start the season than by playing one of the top courses in the world.”

Jacksonville is coming off a record-setting season as the Dolphins posted the lowest stroke average in program history, bettering the previous record by more than five shots. Four of the top six single-season stroke averages were posted last year, led by Kristen Boettcher’s 78.43.

“We have a veteran team that knows what it takes to compete at a high level,” Blackburn said. “We made some major strides last season, but we’re not satisfied with setting records. We want to win tournaments and that is our goal this year.”

The event starts with a practice round on Sunday afternoon, with the Dolphins hosting a clinic for the Jacksonville chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association following the practice round – with Blackburn and 1988 PLAYERS Champion Mark McCumber hosting the clinic.

On Monday, the tournament begins with the opening round starting off No. 1 at 8 a.m., with Coastal Carolina, Chattanooga and USC Upstate taking the tee. At 9 a.m., Jacksonville, Florida and UCF will begin its rounds.