JU tied for sixth after first day of the JU Invitational
There was one winner after the first day of the JU Invitational hosted by Mark McCumber – the golf course.

Only two players broke par in the opening round on the PLAYERS Stadium Course and only five were under par when the second round was called due to darkness at 6 p.m. with four holes remaining. The average score in the opening round was 80.4, with eight holes playing at least a half stroke over par.

#23 Clemson and #39 ETSU are tied atop the leaderboard at 14-over par in the 15-team competition. Clemson’s Corbin Mills leads the individual competition at one-over par leading five other players by one shot entering the final 21 holes.

The teams will resume their second rounds at 8:30 a.m. and will begin their third and final round upon completion, staying in the same pairings.

Host Jacksonville was tied for sixth with Liberty entering the final day at 43-over par. Stephen Healy leads the Dolphins at nine-over par for the event, which is tied for 14th.

“The golf course played extremely difficult today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “This course will punish you if you hit a bad shot, so you have to willing to take your medicine and go to the next hole.”

Clemson was the only team to break 300 in the opening round, carding a 10-over par 298, to lead by five over ETSU. The Bucs came roaring back in the second round to tie for the lead, sitting at one-under par for the round when play was halted.

East Carolina’s Jake Colley had the round of the day, carding a five-under par 67 in the first round to lead the individual competition, but fell back in the second round and is in ninth place at five-over par for the event entering the final day.

Jacksonville was in seventh place after the first round and has made up the shots it trailed Liberty in the second round to move into a tie for sixth.

The Dolphins opened the tournament with a 29-over par 317 in the first round, led by junior Stephen Healy’s three-over par 75. Bobby Fredeking carded a six-over par 78, with Justin Jones carding a nine-over par 81, while Gavin St. John Frost shot an 11-over par, 83, to cap the team score. The Dolphins dropped Taylor Szyndlar’s 14-over par 86 in the opening round.

Szyndlar and Frost were the catalyst for the Dolphins move up the leaderboard in the second round. Frost is at one-over par with just No. 18 and No. 1 left to play, while Szyndlar is at three-over par for the round with No. 1 and 2 left in the round.

“I’m really pleased with how Gavin and Taylor have responded in the second round,” Blackburn said. “We’ve still got some work to do, but it was good for them to bounce back and get some momentum heading into the final day.”

Fredeking is four-over par in his second round with Nos. 16, 17 and 18 left in the round. Healy is at six-over par and will start his day on the 17th before finishing with No. 18 and No. 1. Jones is at 14-over par for his second round and will start his day on No. 17 before finishing on No. 18.

Healy is joined in the top 20 by Fredeking, who is tied for 19th at 10-over par. Frost has moved into tie for 27th at 12-over par, with Szyndlar tied for 48th at 17-over par. Jones is in a tie for 65th at 23-over par.