TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
Men’s golf finishes fifth at the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate
The JU men’s golf team finished its most successful tournament thus far in the fall season, taking home fifth place at the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate at two-over par.

Sophomore Jamey Salmon was the low Dolphin for the event, tying for 10th place at two-under par, the lowest 54-hole total of his career.

Florida Gulf Coast won the 14-team event at 20-under par, 844, topping Wofford by 17 shots. Davidson’s Richard Fountain won the individual competition in a five-hole playoff over Georgia Southern’s Logan Blondell as they tied at 10-under par.

The Dolphins three-round total was 866, two-over par and just five shots out of second place and only one shot from joining a tie for third.

“We made a lot of progress this week and I think we gained a lot of confidence,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “The guys have seen some positive feedback on their work in practice and now we’re going to back to work to get ready for our last tournament of the fall.”

Salmon’s solid play marks the third straight tournament that he has led JU, with this being the best finish of his young career following an even-par 72 in the final round.

“Jamey really managed his game well this week,” Blackburn said. “There were a couple of times where he could have really let the round get away from him, but he just focused on the next shot and it paid off.”

Freshman Dillon Batsel shined in his first collegiate event, tying for 19th at one-over par after carding an even-par 72 in the final round.

“Dillon has battled through some things this fall, but his game is coming around,” Blackburn said. “This is a great finish for his first collegiate event.”

Bobby Fredeking shot a one-over par 73 to tie for 23rd at two-over par. Stephen Healy carded a two-over par 74 to tie for 31st at four-over par with Gavin Frost grinding his way to a two-over par 74 and 43rd place.  

The Dolphins will wrap up their fall season at the Hummingbird Invitational in Sapphire Valley, N.C.