WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2006
Men's golf ranked sixth in the country according to Golfweek Performance Index
Golfweek Performance Index Ranking

Sept. 20, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Off to the best start in school history, the JU men's golf team finds its name ranked sixth in the first issue of the Golfweek Performance Index on Monday.

While being early in the season, the Dolphins have gotten a leg up on the competition by playing in two tournaments while several schools have yet to play an event.

JU is one of the hottest teams in the country after winning its second tournament title in as many events to open the season. The Dolphins have won their last four regular-season tournament titles dating back to last season.

Duncan Stewart, with two individual titles in his hands this season, has now won four straight regular-season tournament titles - two coming in a playoff. He opens the year ranked 21st in the GPI. The senior star for JU has now won seven career titles and is one away from tying the school record for most individual titles in a season and is already the school's all-time record holder in career victories.

"We've gotten off to a great start, but we've still got a lot of work to do," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "Once everyone has played a tournament or two, we'll get a better gauge of where we are at. Hopefully we'll be in the top 75 and build from there."

The Atlantic Sun Conference is well represented in the top 25, with Campbell ranked No. 1 while North Florida is No. 22.

"There are a lot of good golf teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the rankings show it," Taketa said. "There has been a big commitment to golf by the schools in the league and we're going to have to keep getting better for us to reach our goals."

The Dolphins are off for two weeks until Oct. 8 when JU participates in the prestigious Duke Coke Classic.