MONDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2009
Men’s golf tied for seventh after first day of the Rees Jones Intercollegiate
Amid rainy conditions, the JU men’s golf team kept its cool and is tied for fifth after the first two rounds of the Rees Jones Intercollegiate.

The Dolphins were in second place after the morning 18, carding a 20-over par 308, but fell back into a tie for fifth after a 19-over par, 307, in the afternoon.

Sophomore Bobby Fredeking eagled the 18th hole of his second round to finish the day at two-over par, 146, and is tied for third place.

“I told the guys this morning that they needed to stay calm no matter what happens because there is a double bogey around every corner,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We had some guys really grind out some good rounds today when they could have easily gone the other direction.”

#24 South Carolina leads the 12-team event at four-over par, 580, after carding an eight-under par 280 in the afternoon. South Carolina’s Paul Woodbury leads the individual competition at two-under par, led by his four-under par 68 in the second round.

In the opening round, Fredeking kept his cool and grinded out a two-over par 74 – with 16 pars and two bogeys on the scorecard.

His afternoon round got off to a rocky start as he made the turn at two-over par, with three bogeys and just one birdie. Back-to-back birdies at No. 11 and 12 got him back to even, but a double bogey at the 16th cancelled those out before his eagle on the 18th finished his second round at even-par 72.

The Dolphins team score was buoyed by roller-coaster efforts from everyone on the team – none more so than freshman Taylor Szyndlar.

After opening his collegiate career with a triple bogey en route to a 96, Szyndlar answered the call in the second round – putting up two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey to shoot a two-over par 74. Szyndlar is in 59th at 26-over par.

Will Braude was the measure of perseverance throughout the day. In the first round, Braude was seven-over par with five holes left. Three birdies, an eagle and one par later, Braude had authored a two-over par 74 and contributed to the Dolphins being in second place after the opening 18. He struggled in the afternoon round, carding a 10-over par 82 to finish the day tied for 29th at 11-over par.

Justin Jones, who struggled with a 10-over par 82 in the morning, bounced back in the afternoon with a five-over par 77, capping the round with an eagle on the par-5 14th. Jones is tied for 45th at 15-over par.

Gavin St. John Frost had two up-and-down rounds – carding a 78 in the morning and an 83 in the afternoon to sit it in a tie for 45th at 15-over par.

The Dolphins are just eight shots out of third place entering the final round, which will tee off on Tuesday morning.