SUNDAY, APRIL 08, 2007
Women's golf ready to battle cold, wind for A-Sun title

April 8, 2007

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Cold and windy - two of the most dreaded words for a golfer to hear.

The JU women's golf team will have to battle those two elements, as well as a tough golf course, in the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the Keith Hills Country Club.

The Dolphins finished fourth a year ago, their best finish in the tournament since joining the conference in 1999.

"We had a good tournament last year and hopefully we can build on that this year," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "The conditions are going to be tough, but it's going to be that way for everyone. The teams that are mentally tough will fare well this week."

After winning the title a year ago, Campbell will defend its title on its home course. Ranked 47th in the country, the Camels are picked to be the team to beat.

"Campbell has played well all season and they are going to be tough to beat on their home course," Taketa said.

The Dolphins are looking to recapture their magic from the beginning of March when JU won the North-South Women's Intercollegiate. Alexandra Andersen had the best finish for JU, tying for fourth at six-over par.

"For us to be successful, we need everyone firing on all cylinders and able to contribute," Taketa said. "The whole team is looking forward to teeing it up and leaving everything on the course."

TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK

BUNDLING UP - The Dolphins made sure to wrap up snugly for the practice round on Sunday - and all wearing at least three layers. The warmest was Jessica Green, who had six layers.

GREEN GIVES IT A GO - Sophomore Jessica Green will tee it up on Monday, despite missing half of the season with wrist problems. Green missed the Ryder Florida State Championship two weeks ago due to the injury. She will be wearing a brace to help protect her wrist.