SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011
Women’s golf prepares for the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship
With a senior quartet that broke several school records a season ago, the JU women’s golf team looks to break new ground with the program’s best finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship starting on Monday.
For Kristen Boettcher, Meghan Hughes, Melissa Magdor and Jessica Williams, the event marks the final tournament of their college career. Joining them will be junior Morgan Jackson, who leads the team in stroke average.
The Dolphins look to improve on last year’s tie for sixth with Mercer, having shown flashes of brilliance this spring.
Two-time defending champion Stetson will serve as the host at Victoria Hills Country Club, the site of its first title in 2009.
“This group is extremely talented and at times this spring, has posted some really good scores,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Our challenge this week is to have everyone playing their best at the same time. We did that in the first round last week, we need that consistency and focus on each shot to play well on a good golf course.”
Entering the final tournament of the season, Jackson leads the team with a 78.0 stroke average – which includes one of the lowest round in program history, a one-under par 71. She also leads the team in par-4 scoring, averaging 4.33 – which will be tested on Victoria Hills difficult par-4s.
Boettcher is right behind her in stroke average at 78.4 and is coming off a ninth place finish in the World Golf Village Intercollegiate on the Slammer & Squire course. She carded a three-over par 75 in the first round of the event and leads the team in par-3 scoring (3.24) and par-5 scoring (5.2).
Melissa Magdor’s game has been rounding into strong shape, carding rounds of 79 and 81 at the WGV Intercollegiate to tie for 21st. Her lowest round of the season is a 76 at Hidden Hills and she is third on the team in stroke average at 80.5.
A former walk-on who has battled her way into a scholarship, Williams will be playing the final event of her four-year career that has seen her post some of the best scores of her career. She enters the event with an 81.9 stroke average, but is third on the team in birdies with 18.
Hughes rounds out the JU lineup, looking to keep the momentum rolling from her first round at the WGV Intercollegiate where she carded a season-best three-over par, 75.
The Dolphins best finish in the event is fourth, with that coming in 2006 at the DeBary Golf Club. JU is also looking to extend its streak of consecutive years with a player in the top 10 to three.
Jacksonville will tee off on Monday morning with fans being able to follow the live scoring at Golfstat.com.