Women’s golf opens 2010-11 season with Labor Day Shootout
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The JU women’s golf team rewrote the school record book last season, posting the best stroke average in program history.

The Dolphins will look to break that record again and make more history as they open the 2010-11 season with the inaugural Labor Day Shootout on the prestigious PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass.

“The team is excited about getting to start their season against some great teams on a great golf course,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We made a lot of progress last season and this is great opportunity to see where we are against some of the better teams in the country.

“We really want to thank the great people at the TPC for helping us make this happen. Their support of college golf is making a tremendous impact here in Jacksonville.”

Jacksonville will be facing perennial postseason invitees No. 19 Florida, UCF, Coastal Carolina and Chattanooga, as well as Atlantic Sun Conference rival USC Upstate. The six teams will play two rounds on Monday.

One of the Dolphins to watch will be sophomore Francesca Yong, who carded the best 54-hole total in JU history at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship last season. She posted two of the top five rounds in school history that week as well, an even-par 72 in the first round and a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish in the top 10 for the week.

“Francesca came a long way last year and had her game in top shape when we went to conference,” Blackburn said. “She has a lot of talent and I look forward to seeing her make even more progress this season.”

While Yong had the strong finish to last season, the trio of Kristen Boettcher, Melissa Magdor and Meghan Hughes look to get their final college season off to a good start.

Boettcher led the team in stroke average last season, narrowly beating out Magdor and Hughes – all of which averaged better than 79, placing them in the top five on the school’s single-season list.

“I was really pleased with the way all three played last season,” Blackburn said. “The one thing I’m hoping for this season is more consistency out of each of them.”

The lineup is rounded out by Morgan Jackson and Jessica Williams, with freshman Carlie Gehlhausen playing as an individual.

Jacksonville’s first tee time is set for 9 a.m., as the Dolphins will play both rounds with UCF and Florida. Admission is free.