Women’s Golf Opens Fall Season with Hughes Cup
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s golf team will get its 2013 fall season started on Labor Day, facing North Florida in the 2nd Annual Hughes Cup at the TPC at Sawgrass. After a morning session featuring three alternate shot and three best ball competitions at the Dye’s Valley Course, six singles matches will go off in the afternoon on the Stadium Course. Fans of both schools can keep track of the day’s action on Twitter by following @SunTrustCup or with the live scoring page. Of course the best way to follow all the day’s twists and turns will be to come out to the event – which is free and open to the public – to cheer on your Dolphins. With 12 points available, 6.5 points are needed to produce a winner. Last year’s competition ended in a 6-6 tie.

“The Hughes Cup is an exciting way to start the season as it is a unique format for college golf and it is going to be played on two of the best courses we could play,” said Heach Coach Jennifer Borocz. “Bill Hughes, the TPC at Sawgrass General Manager, has been very supportive of JU and UNF Golf Programs and naming this event after him is a great way to thank him for his support. I look forward to starting the season off with this fun, but competitive event.”

Monday’s competition gets underway on the front nine of the Dye’s Valley Course, with three groups of alternate shot pairings going off beginning at 8:05 a.m. As soon as those are completed, the pairings will continue with best ball on the back nine.

After a break in the middle of the day, six singles matches will get underway at the famed Stadium Course – home of the world-renowned floating 17th green – with groups starting out at 1:30 p.m. If the day’s results produce a tie like last season, a designated player from each team will go back out to the 17th and enter a sudden-death playoff to decide a team champion.

The Dolphins return five of six members of their team from last season, including All-Atlantic Sun Second Team member Jessica Welch. Welch, a junior, came on strong at the end of last season, producing a 67 in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Championship to tie a tournament record and set a new program benchmark. She’ll be joined by junior Natalie Schmett – a Second Team All-Atlantic Sun member in 2010-11 – and senior Francesca Yong as the linchpins in the JU lineup. Among the newcomers, junior transfer Morgan Matchett and freshman Sabrina Rumbaugh are expected to have an immediate impact in the fall.

Following Monday’s event, the Dolphins will have two weeks to gear up for their first tournament of the fall, the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 16-17.