Women’s Golf Hosts First of Three Spring Tournaments Beginning Monday
Jessica Welch (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)
Jessica Welch (Photo Courtesy of Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s golf team tees off the spring season as hosts of the Amelia Island Collegiate on Monday. The two-day tournament will take place in Fernandina Beach and the Dolphins will be hosting an event at the Tom Fazio-designed Amelia National Golf Club for the first time in program history.

Nearly four months have gone by since Jacksonville’s last tournament – the fall season’s FIU Pat Bradley Invitational. The Dolphins will be eager to get out and play their first of six spring events, culminating in the JU-hosted Atlantic Sun Golf Championships in mid-April at the Jekyll Island Golf Club in Georgia.

“I am excited to get the spring season underway,” said Head Coach Jen Borocz. “It is nice to have an event in February so we can see where we stand and will have a better idea of what we need to work on as a team. It looks as if we are going to have good weather for the event so that is good news for a lot of the teams.”

Jacksonville will send out senior Francesca Yong, juniors Morgan Matchett, Natalie Schmett and Jessica Welch, and freshman Sabrina Rumbaugh to the first spring event. Competitors will play a 36-hole day on Monday, followed by an 18-hole final round on Tuesday.

Fourteen teams will be competing for this year’s tournament title, with FIU coming in as the most highly-regarded Division I team. Two others – Xavier and Jacksonville State – also rank among GolfStat’s top 100 programs in the nation. From the A-Sun, Kennesaw State, North Florida and Stetson all join the field, as does junior college powerhouse Daytona State. Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Illinois State, James Madison, Winthrop and Wofford round out the competitors.

Jacksonville will stay local but act as one of the visiting teams in its next tournament, taking part in the UNF Invitational at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club on March 10-11.