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Joy Stephenson

  • Junior (RS)
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Fort Myers High School
  • Three-Time SEC Academic Honor Roll

Rounds: 43
Strokes: 3,480
Average: 80.93
Low Round: 73 (2003 SunTrust Invitational)
Low Tournament: 224 (2003 SunTrust Invitational)
Best Finish: T14th (2003 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational)

AS A JUNIOR (2002-2003) - Named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll for the third straight season...Finished seventh in a match versus Augusta State at the Gator Shootout, shooting a two-round 161 (81-80)...Tied for a career-best 14th place at the SunTrust Invitational, carding an eight-over-par 224 (73-78-73)...Played as an individual at the Mercedes Benz Championship, tying for 59th place with a score of 242 (82-79-81)...Tied for 43rd place at the Chrysler ACC-SEC Challenge, shooting an 18-over-par 234 (75-81-78)...At the NCAA Fall Preview, she finished tied for 50th place with a score of 234 (77-79-78)...

SUMMER 2002 - Qualified for the 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur, shooting a 72 at the Tequesta Country Club...Competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Scarbourgh, N.Y. (79-78).

AS A SOPHOMORE (2001-2002) - Saw the best finish of her career with a 76-81-77--234 to tie for 25th at the 2002 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational...Recorded a three-round 236 (78-84-74) at the TRW Regional Challenge to finish tied for 61st...Finished 75th at the Mason Rudolph Championships, turning in a 82-83-84--249.

SUMMER 2001 - Competed in the US Amateur Qualifying...Qualified for Public Links, shooting 75... Finished eighth at the First Coast Women's Championship.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2000-2001)- Played in 20 rounds this season, three as an individual... Tied with teammate Jeanne Cho for 53rd at the NCAA Central Regional with a tournament total of 241 (82-79-80)...Tied for 53rd at the 2001 SEC Championship with a three-day total of 246 (85-81-80)...Tied for 28th at the Florida Women's Collegiate Tournament scoring a 233 (78-74-81)...Placed 45th at the Lady Gamecock Classic with a three day score of 251 (80-81-90)...Tied for 75th at the Lady Gator Invitational with a three-day score of 242 (78-83-81)...Finished 59th at the Dodge ACC/SEC Invitational Shootout, firing rounds of 101-84-91--276...Shot a two-round 85-92--177 to tie for 103rd at the NCAA Fall Preview.

SUMMER 2000- Shot an 81 at the Public Link Qualifier in Miami.

AS A FRESHMAN (1999-2000) - One of two Lady Gators to walk-on to the team in August...Did not see any tournament action.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA - Began playing golf in 1996...Took first at SWJGA Championship in 1998... Took first place at Terry-Jo Myers/ Mercedes-Benz Championship in 1998...Carded lowest round of her career with a 75 at SWF Ladies Amateur at Eastwood in Oct. 1998...Four-year team MVP at Ft. Myers... All-conference all four years at Ft. Myers...Voted all-district, All-Southwest Florida, and First Team All- Ft. Myers News Press during her senior season.

PERSONAL - Born January 25, 1981 in Fort Myers, Fla....Sister was a cheerleader at Auburn University, father played football and golf at Kent University...Won Presidential Academic Award...National Honor Society... Social Studies Honor Society...Performed in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...All-star and All-conference in soccer at Ft. Myers where she led her team to district and regional championships... All-Star cheerleader at Ft. Myers...Ken Joy Memorial Award winner in 1998 and 1999...Top Reily Memorial winner in 1999...Rotary Scholar Athlete...Wendy's High School Heisman nominee...Pursuing a degree in business administration while specializing in exercise and sports science...Plans to attend graduate school for sport administration in the fall of 2003.

2002-2003 (Junior Season)
Date Tournament Finish Score
9/15-17 NCAA Fall Preview (West Lafayette, Ind.) T50th 77-79-78-234
9/27-29 Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge (Destin, Fla.) T43rd 75-81-78-234
10/18-20 Mercedes Benz Championship (Knoxville, Tenn.) T59th 82-79-81-242
3/9-11 SunTrust Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.) T14th 73-78-73-224
3/30 Gator Shootout vs. Augusta State (Gainesville, Fla.) 7th 81-80-161
2001-2002 (Sophomore Season)
Date Tournament Finish Score
9/17-18 Mason Rudolph Championships (Nashville, TN) 75th 82-83-84--249 (+33)
2/11-13 TRW Regional Challenge (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) T61st 78-84-74--236 (+23)
2/22-24 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, FL) T25th 76-81-77--234 (+24)
2000-2001 (Redshirt Freshman Season)
Date Tournament (Site) Finish Score
9/15-17 NCAA Fall Preview (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.) T103rd 85-72--177 (+31)
9/30-10/1 Dodge ACC/SEC Invitational (Destin, Fla.) 59th 101-84-91--276 (+63)
2/23-25 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.) T75th(I) 78-83-81--242 (+26)
3/16-18 Lady Gamecock Classic (Blythewood, S.C.) 45th 80-81-90--251 (+35)
3/30-4/1 Florida Women's Collegiate (Miami Lakes, Fla.) T28th 78-74-81--233 (+17)
4/20-22 SEC Championship (Gainesville, Fla.) T53rd 85-81-80--246 (+30)
5/10-12 NCAA Central Regional (West Lafayette, Ind.) T53rd 82-79-80--241 (+25)
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