TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2010
JU takes seventh at the 2010 JU Invitational
East Tennessee State battled the conditions on the PLAYERS Stadium Course for three rounds to take home the 2010 JU Invitational hosted by Mark McCumber.

The Bucs finished the second round with a three-over par 291 for the best round of the event to take the lead and never looked back to win by seven shots over Wake Forest. ETSU trailed Clemson by one entering the final round, but took the lead early in the final round and never looked back to claim the title.

Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow carded went birdie-birdie-bogey on Nos. 16, 17 and 18 to win the individual title by one shot at two-over par over Charleston Southern’s Kelvin Day, who shot a one-under par 71.

When the second round resumed, Gielow was in the top five, but a hole-out for eagle from 50 yards on No. 16 catapulted him into the lead – which he would not relinquish.

Jacksonville took home seventh place in its home event, with Bobby Fredeking taking home 10th place at nine-over par, shooting a two-under par 70 – which is tied for the best round of the day.

“This was a very encouraging way to start the spring,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’re continuing to improve and this will give us some confidence as we get ready for our next event.”

Scores continued to get better as the tournament went along, with the scoring average dropping to 78.01 in the third round after averaging better than 80 in the first round.

JU finished its second round in seventh place after carding a 304 when play resumed, which was tied for the fifth best round of the session. The Dolphins shot a 19-over par 307 in the afternoon to finish in seventh.

Fredeking’s two-under par round saw him jump 11 spots from a tie for 21st after starting the final round at 11-over par.

Stephen Healy and Taylor Szyndlar each carded a six-over par 78 in the final round to count towards the team score while Justin Jones and Gavin St. John Frost each shot a nine-over par 81.

Healy ended the event in 23rd place at 15-over par, the second highest finish for the Dolphins. Frost tied for 37th at 22-over par, buoyed by his team-best two-over par 74 in the second round. Szyndlar tied for 42nd at 23-over par, with Jones tying for 64th at 32-over par.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Feb. 21 when they head to Mobile, Ala. for the South Alabama Invitational.

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