TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
JU women's golf set to host Labor Day Shootout on the PLAYERS Stadium Course
The JU women’s golf team will make its debut on the world-famous TPC at Sawgrass PLAYERS Stadium Course this fall when they open the season by hosting the inaugural Labor Day Shootout on Sept. 6.
Seven teams, four of which played in the postseason last season, will participate in the first-year tournament that will be a one-day, 36-hole event to kick off the 2010-11 season. Joining JU in the field will be national powers Florida, Kent State, UCF and Coastal Carolina, along with Atlantic Sun Conference rivals USC Upstate and Campbell.
“Thanks to our partners at the TPC, we are fortunate to bring another first class golfing event to the First Coast on one of the premier courses in the country,” said Joel Lamp, Associate Athletics Director. “After the success of our men’s event in the spring, we wanted to create an event for the women’s team on the Stadium Course and this opportunity came available late this spring.
“While it is a small field this year, we expect the tournament to grow in size and stature quickly in the coming years.”
The tournament will give the Dolphins a major home event to start their campaign after a record-setting season. JU posted its lowest stroke average in program history, topping the previous record by 5.6 shots per round.
“We’re really looking forward to this upcoming season,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We have a lot of talent returning and expect to build off of the success of last season. The potential is there for this group to have a breakthrough year.
“This event will kick start our year as we face some of the best teams in the country on one of the most challenging courses in the world.”
Jacksonville will return four of its top five leaders in stroke average this season, led by senior Kristen Boettcher, who finished her junior season with a 78.43 average. She joins fellow seniors Melissa Magdor (78.65) and Meghan Hughes (78.74), who finished just a fraction of a shot behind her stroke average.
Rounding out the returnees is sophomore Francesca Yong and senior Jessica Williams. Yong came on strong at the end of the season and posted a school-record 70 in the final round of the 2010 A-Sun Championship en route to the lowest 54-hole total in program history (221, 5-over par).