SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2008
Women's golf prepares for Atlantic Sun Conference championship

April 13, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - On Monday, the JU women's golf team will begins its quest for history.

The Dolphins open the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the Ridges Golf Country Club seeking the first conference title in program history.

The conditions that JU and the rest of the field will face will be tough. Cold, wind and rain are all in the forecast for Monday's round, which will add to the test facing the teams of hard and fast greens.

"We've been playing well this spring and we'll need everyone playing their best to be in the hunt entering the final round," said JU head coach Jim Taketa.

Last season, JU took home fifth place in the event and is looking to improve on that finish this season. Senior Heather Fudge took home the best finish for the Dolphins, tying for 12th place and earned team MVP honors.

The Dolphins will tee off with Stetson and Belmont in the first round, going off at 8:45 a.m.

PLAYER PREVIEWS

No. 1 - Heather Fudge, Senior: The lone senior on the team and the team leader in stroke average, Fudge will be wrapping up her JU career with the event. A year ago, she tied for 12th in the individual competition and was named team MVP. This year, Fudge posted a career-low round of 73 in the second round of the Great Smokies Women's Collegiate. She also has posted one top 10 finish, tying for 10th at the DeBary Intercollegiate. The top ranked female amateur in Prince Edward Island, Fudge will return to her native Canada following the end of the semester for an internship at the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

No. 2 - Danielle Gibb, Freshman:Gibb is putting the finishing touches on a stellar freshman campaign. Second on the team in stroke average (80.27), Gibb became the first Dolphin to win a tournament since Ashley Grier in 2004 when she claimed the rain-shortened Diet Coke Wofford Invitational after posting a one-over par 73. She also picked up a top 20 finish with a tie for 12th at the inaugural JU Women's Intercollegiate. On the season, she has been the Dolphins' best finisher four times.

No. 3 - Therese Karlsson, Junior:The steady, straight-hitting Therese Karlsson enters the final event of her junior campaign after setting the school record with a one-under par 71 in the second round of the Great Smokies Women's Collegiate. Ranking third on the team in scoring (80.29), Karlsson has been a rock for the Dolphins all season, ranking second on the team in par-3 scoring (3.33) and birdies (16). She is coming in with confidence after tying for ninth at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational.

No. 4 - Jessica Green, Junior:The tallest player for the Dolphins, Green will be graduating from JU in a few weeks and could be wrapping up her collegiate career to pursue a modeling career. Hampered by a nagging wrist injury in the fall, Green has come on of late to rank fourth on the team in scoring (81.8). Her best finish of the season was a tie for 11th at the Diet Coke Wofford Invitational, posting a six-over par 78 in the only round of the event.

No. 5 - Alexandra Andersen, Junior:Ranked fifth on the team in scoring (81.93), Andersen has the ability to post a low score for the Dolphins as she has posted 12 birdies on the season and has shown a propensity for improving each round during a tournament. She ranks third on the team in par-3 scoring (3.37) and is fourth on the team in final round scoring average (81.33).