JU Classic starts springs season for women’s golf
The JU women’s golf team opens its spring season on Sunday with the first round of the JU Classic at Hidden Hills Country Club.

Defending champion Daytona State returns, led by defending individual champion Mitsuki Katahira, among the seven teams in the event.

Rounding out the field is Atlantic Sun Conference rivals USC Upstate, Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast, as well as Miami (Fla.) and South Dakota.

“I think the team is really looking forward to getting the season started with our home event,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Hidden Hills is a great golf course that tests every facet of your game. We receive a lot of support from the club and their members, which makes this a special event.”

Leading the Dolphins into the event is junior Morgan Jackson, who finished the fall with a 77.8 stroke average – including a second place finish at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate.

This will also be the last JU Classic for the four Dolphin seniors – Jessica Williams, Meghan Hughes, Melissa Magdor and Kristen Boettcher.

Boettcher finished the fall with a 78.5 stroke average, the second best on the team and had a third place finish at the Labor Day Shootout on the PLAYERS Stadium Course.

Williams, Magdor and Hughes have all fared well in this event previously, claiming at least one top 20 finish in their collegiate careers.

The lineup will also feature Francesca Yong, who was besieged by injuries last fall, as well as Carlie Gehlhausen and Alison Cornell.

Tee times start on Sunday at 9 a.m., with the second round commencing at 9 a.m. on Monday and a split tee setup for Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m.