FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team will open its championship spring season by traveling to Jacksonville, Fla. for the 2011 JU Classic at the Hidden Hills Country Club. The three-day, three-round event will begin on Sunday morning and conclude mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
The 18-hole course at the Hidden Hills Country Club facility in Jacksonville features 6,045 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.0 and it has a slope rating of 136. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Hidden Hills golf course opened in 1966.
The Blue and Green will take to the course with defending champion Daytona State, led by defending individual champion Mitsuki Katahira, as well as, Miami, South Dakota, and Atlantic Sun Conference rivals USC Upstate and Mercer.
The Eagles traveling to the three-day event will include seniors Lina Elmsater (Stockholm, Sweden/Pfeiffer University) and Katerina Toomalatai (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast HS), junior Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University), sophomore Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus H.S.) and freshman Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS).
Following the resignation of first-year coach Meghan Spero for a position with PGA Magazine, FGCU men’s head golf coach Brent Jensen will travel as the interim coach until a candidate is selected for the head coaching vacancy.
In the final tournament of the fall season, the FGCU women’s golf team headed to the clubhouse in sixth place with a 318-312-315/945, following the final round of play at the two-day Stetson Invitational at the Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand, Fla. Leading the Blue and Green on the leaderboard, Carlson finished in a two-way tie for ninth overall in the 45-player field, carding a final round 78 for a total of 227 (75-74-78).
Tee times start on Sunday at 9 a.m., with the second round commencing at 9 a.m. on Monday and a split tee setup for Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Round-by-round results from the 2011 JU Classic will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each day’s competition.