JU duo recognized by GolfWorld as one of the top 50 players in the country

Sept. 1, 2006

GolfWorld Preseason Top 50
Last season, Duncan Stewart and Russell Knox tied for the Atlantic Sun Conference title and shattered the tournament record for scoring.

This year, the senior duo from Scotland enters their final collegiate campaign in pretty heady territory - ranked among the top 50 golfers in the country according to GolfWorld.

"This is great honor for these guys after the season they had last year," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "Now, they have to go out and perform at this level to stay in these rankings."

Stewart, the two-time defending individual A-Sun Champion, led the nation last year in par-3 scoring - averaging 3.0, helped greatly by a hole-in-one in the final round of the A-Sun Championship. Stewart won two tournaments last year and ended the season with four top-five finishes.

Knox led the team in stroke average last year at 71.6 and finishing in the top 20 in all eight events that he participated. He ended the season ranked 10th in the GolfStat Cup, which ranks every player in the country.


The Dolphins begin their A-Sun title defense starting Monday at the Sanctuary Cove Preview. The 36-hole event features three A-Sun rivals - Mercer, Gardner-Webb and UNF - on the same course that the conference championship will be held in April.

JU won the A-Sun title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals last year with a record score of 31-under par. Knox and Stewart tied for individual honors, shattering the tournament record by tying at 13-under par.

"This is a great event for us to start the season," said Taketa. "The opportunity to play at the course where the conference championship will be at is a great advantage for us. We've got an experienced group going up there that is focused on the task at hand."


The Dolphins fall schedule is set with a few changes from last year, mainly in an effort to increase the strength of schedule. Along with season opening Sanctuary Cove Preview, JU will also participate in the Duke Coke Classic - facing a top-notch field that featured seven teams that advanced to the NCAA's a year ago.

"We are trying to increase our strength of schedule to get the team more prepared for the end of the season," Taketa said. "Playing in events like the Duke Coke Classic allows us to face some of the best teams in the country early in the year and see how they fare against top-ranked competition."