MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007
JU golf program enjoys successful summer

July 30, 2007

It's been quite a busy summer for the current student-athletes as well as the alumni of the Jacksonville men's and women's golf program.

There were recent graduates in contention to qualify to play in the major championships, current players contending and winning amateur events and another alumnus restarting his career on the Champions Tour.

RECENT GRADS COME CLOSE IN QUEST FOR THE MAJORS

The men's team had two former players come within a hair of playing in the summer's major championships. Russell Knox advanced through sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open and was inline for a spot in the field at Oakmont, but ran into trouble over the final two holes to miss a playoff by one.

Overseas, Duncan Stewart made it through the regional qualifier easily for the Open Championship but missed the cut for Carnoustie by three shots. Stewart won the East of Scotland Open in Fife to round into form before carding a five-under-par 66 in the Open championship regional qualifier at Musselburgh.

JU HALL OF FAMER DONNIE HAMMOND ACHIEVING SUCCESS ON CHAMPIONS TOUR

In April, JU graduate and Hall of Famer Donnie Hammond began his second career in golf - playing on the Champions Tour.

While working his game back into the shape that claimed two PGA Tour titles, Hammond has played in seven events thus far, claiming a top 25 finish three times. His best finish came this past weekend as he finished in ninth place at the Senior Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management.

Hammond is in search of fully exempt status on the Champions Tour as he plays this year under the former PGA Tour champion category. Following his strong finish at the Senior Open, Hammond is 68th on the Champions Tour money list.

WOMEN'S TEAM BUILDING FOR UPCOMING SEASON

Senior Heather Fudge won the Prince Edward Island Amateur, wrapping up the title with a three-round total of 220. The Charlottetown native broke the course record en route to the title with a 68. She went on to finish second at the New Brunswick Ladies Amateur Championship, posting rounds of 76, 79 and 73 on the par-74 course.

Across the pond, Therese Karlsson qualified for match play portion of the British Ladies Open after round of 79 and 73. Seeded 48th in the 64 woman bracket, her tournament run came up short as she fell in the first round to Marta Silva of Spain, 4 & 2.

Jacksonville-native Alexandra Andersen placed 27th out of 86 players in the Florida Women's Stroke Play Championships with rounds of 82-80-78.

JU signee Jessica Williams posted a nine-over par 81 at the Central Florida Junior Tour event at Eaglebrooke as she prepares for her first collegiate season.

MEN'S TEAM READY FOR STIFF COMPETITION FOR THE LINEUP IN THE FALL

With the loss of three seniors from last year's team, the competition for a spot in the starting lineup on the men's team is going to be fierce when the season begins. To prepare for the upcoming season, the Dolphins have been participating in amateur events across the globe.

Senior Matt Kleinrock placed 19th in the New Jersey State Amateur and tied for fourth the New Jersey State Open, finishing as the second low amateur in the event. Kleinrock went on to be named a member of the New Jersey Golf Association team in the Stoddard Cup match with the Long Island Golf Association and host Westchester Golf Association at Winged Foot.

Kleinrock captured 1.5 points in the morning foursomes and won both of his single matches in the afternoon. Matt and his partner halved with Westchester's Andrew Guiliani and Mike Quagliano, both of which play for Duke and were playing on their home course. Matt captured 3.5 points out of the 12 man team's 16.5 points. Westchester won the event and New Jersey came in second.

Christian Martin made the cut at the Virginia State Open and placed 32nd with a score of 300 (+12).

Joshua Kinsey tied for 39th at the Florida Amateur Championship prior to tying for 13th at the Jacksonville Area City Amateur Championship. Knox finished second in the event, posting a four-round total of 281 while Kinsey was at 297. Justin Jones missed the cut after rounds of 71 and 82.

Incoming freshman Stephen Healy shot a final round 68 to finish in a tie for third (71-73-72-68) at the Irish Youths Stroke Play. ETSU Seamus Power captured the event 3 shots clear of Stephen. Jordan Finley of ETSU finished 8 shots behind Stephen to tie for 12th place.

Incoming freshman Michael Main shot 77-72 to miss the cut at the Scottish Youths. Keith Spence also missed the cut shooting 80-75. The cut line was at 143.

Tim Adams led his school team to a regional championship and qualified for the Independent Schools National Finals where he placed fifth individually amid typical weather of wind and rain in the United Kingdom.

Jones also tied for seventh at the Florida State Public Links Championship at Eagle Creek Golf Course, where the Dolphins won the A-Sun Championship two years ago, in Orlando. Jones' shot four-under par 215 on the Par 73 course.