Women's Golf Eyes Atlantic Sun Championship
Friday, April 09, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team is set to compete in the 2010 A-Sun Women's Golf Championship at the Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and fans can follow the tournament action at Golfstat.com.

The 11-member Atlantic Sun includes Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida*, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
* Not competing in 2010 A-Sun Women's Golf Championship

One year after winning its first Atlantic Sun Women’s Golf Championship in its own backyard, Stetson will host the field of ten at the 2010 A-Sun Championship. Each of the last three champions, Campbell in 2007, ETSU in 2008 and Stetson a season ago, won as the host of the event. Campbell also won as the host in 2004. Prior to 2004, no host had won the Women’s Championship since UCF in 1990.

Venetian Bay Golf Club hosts the A-Sun Championship for the first time. The two nines have a different natural character. The front nine plays through more of the wooded portion of the property and the back nine with fewer trees and more parallel fairways, gives it more of a links look. One of the main features of the course is the plethora of strategically placed bunkers.

As part of a multi-year agreement with the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Women’s Championship will remain in the Sunshine State through 2012. The Championship will return to Venetian Bay Golf Club in 2012. Victoria Hills, which has hosted in 2005 and 2009, will host in 2011.

The 2009 A-Sun Championship represented the first appearance for FGCU, Kennesaw State and USC Upstate. The Eagles finished tied for fifth with Jacksonville after submitting a three-round score of 927 (305-312-310). The Blue and Green were paced by junior Jessica Paulmann (Sarasota, Fla.) who finished the tournament tied for 18th overall with three-round score of 232 (77-81-74).

Stetson returns both the reigning individual champion, Danielle Jackson, and runner-up, Lauren Cate. Eight times a defending team champion has won the next year, most recently accomplished by Campbell in 2006 and 2007. Four individuals have captured back-to-back titles with Campbell’s Alejandra Shaw the last to do so, also in 2006 and 2007.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast.

2010 FGCU Participants
Jessica Paulmann - Sr. (Sarasota, Fla.)
Amber Pedersen - Sr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Lina Elmsater - Jr. (Solna, Sweden)
Katerina Toomalatai - Jr. ( Palm Coast, Fla.)
Briana Carlson - Fr. (Inverness, Fla.)

2009 Final Leaderboard
1 Stetson University (298 295 288) 881
2 Campbell University (300 290 293) 883
3 East Tennessee St. (301 301 302) 904
4 Kennesaw State (310 312 301) 923
T5 Florida Gulf Coast U (305 312 310) 927
T5 Jacksonville Univ. (320 304 303) 927
7 Belmont University (314 307 308) 929
8 Mercer University (312 317 313) 942
9 USC Upstate (322 309 316) 947
10 Lipscomb University (326 311 312) 949