Judge Leads Spartans As A-Sun Championships Set To Begin
Spartanburg, S.C. - Junior golfer and Hurley, Miss., native Jennifer Judge will lead the USC Upstate women's golf team in the 2010 A-Sun Championships Monday-Wednesday at the Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The Spartans will be one of 10 teams vying for the A-Sun Championship and Judge is expected to once again lead Upstate as she has the entire season.
The A-Sun Championships will begin when Upstate and Lipscomb tee off at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. In addition to the Spartans and Lady Bisons, Belmont, Campbell, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Mercer and Stetson will battle for superiority in the conference. Stetson is the defending champion of the tournament and is the odds-on favorite to win this year's championship. Returning individual champion Danielle Jackson and runner-up Lauren Cate look to lead the Hatters once again. Campbell and ETSU are expected to join Stetson in the fray for the team championship.
Upstate will send the lineup of Judge, Cheryl Lo, Johanna Ebenhag, Natalie Buchand Marissa Clontz into the tournament. Judge is the only Upstate player in this year's tournament to play in last year's championship. She has led the Spartans throughout the season, finishing as the low Spartan in each of the eight tournaments she has played. Lo and Ebenhag have shown the ability to post low scores, while Buch and Clontz have proven they can be consistent contributors. Upstate finished ninth in last year's championships held at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand, Fla., led by Richelle Wedzik who finished in a tie for 18th individually. Judge turned in rounds of 81, 78 and 78 to finish as the second lowest Spartan in the tournament and in a tie for 32nd.
Looking Back At The WCU/Mimosa Hills
Jennifer Judge once again proved she is the class of the Upstate program, turning in rounds of 77 and 75 to post a 152 36-hole total to finish in a tie for 12th at the WCU/Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate to lead the Spartans in the tournament. She was the only Upstate player to record rounds in the 70s. Upstate turned in team rounds of 335 and 331 to finish 14th in the tournament, two strokes ahead of The Citadel. Cheryl Lowas the second-lowest Spartan in the tournament, tying for 48th individually with rounds of 80 and 82, while Johanna Ebenhag carded rounds of 91 and 84 to finish with the third-best finish on the team. Elon won the tournament with a 607 total.
Recapping The 2009 A-Sun Championships
Playing in its first A-Sun Championships, USC Upstate turned in rounds of 322, 309 and 316 to finish ninth in the 10-team tournament at the Victoria Hills Golf Club April 13-15. Richelle Wedzik finished as the low Spartan in the event, posting scores of 77, 76 and 79 for a 232 total. She finished tied for 18th individually in the final tournament of her collegiate career. Jennifer Judge finished with the second-best tournament score for Upstate, finishing tied for 32nd with a 237 total. Stetson won the tournament with an 881 total, two strokes ahead of Campbell at 883. ETSU was third at 904 and was followed by Kennesaw State (923), Florida Gulf Coast (927), Jacksonville (927), Belmont (929), Mercer (942), Upstate 947) and Lipscomb (949). Stetson's Danielle Jackson won the individual title with a 3-under-par total, two strokes ahead of teammate Lauren Cate.
Judge Looking To Close Out Solid Season
When Jennifer Judge tees it up at the A-Sun Championships Monday morning at the Venetian Bay Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., she will begin the final tournament in what has been a solid season for the junior from Hurley, Miss. In her first full year at Upstate, she has simply been the go-to player for the Spartans. She has played in eight of Upstate's nine tournaments this season, sitting out the first tournament of the spring at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic. She has finished as the low Spartan in all eight tournaments she has played, finishing with a team-best tie for 10th at the Boscobel Invitational in Anderson. She has five of the Spartans' six lowest rounds of the year and leads the team with a 79.0 stroke average. She has five top 15 individual finishes this year, including back-to-back top 15 finishes in the last two tournaments.
Lo, Ebenhag Look To Bolster Upstate
Sophomore Cheryl Lo and junior Johanna Ebenhag will look to follow Judge's lead and help Upstate battle on the leaderboard in the A-Sun Championships. Lo ranks second on the Spartans with an 83.6 stroke average, while Ebenhag is third at 86.4. Lo has the lowest single round this season, a 72 at the Holiday Inn Express/Hatter Classic at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand, Fla. Ebenhag has shown signs of gaining greater consistency and finished as the second lowest Spartan in the Winthrop University Intercollegiate.
Judge Moves Up The Record Books
Closing out a standout season for Upstate, Jennifer Judge has put herself in position to be one of the top golfers in the history of the program. She currently ranks second all-time with an 80.13 stroke average, trailing only Richelle Wedzik (79.44) on the list. She also trails Wedzik on the all-time wining percentage list, claiming a .710 percentage (681-278) in her time at Upstate. Her 79.0 stroke average this season is the second-lowest in program history, behind Wedzik's 77.84 stroke average set during the 2006-07 season.