Men’s golf in third place after the first round of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate
The JU men’s golf team shot an even-par round of 284, headlined by Stephen Healy’s two-under par 69 at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

Healy’s round featured six birdies and four bogeys on the par-71 Country Club of Sapphire Valley. He trails tournament leader Adam Hofmann of Vanderbilt by four entering the final round.

His round led the Dolphins to a third place finish after the first day, just seven shots back of tournament leader Vanderbilt and one shot behind second place Wofford.

“This is a tough golf course that tests every club in your bag,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’re playing well right now and look to finish the fall on a strong note tomorrow.”

Starting on the back nine, Healy opened his round with a birdie on the 10th and followed with a birdie at the 14th, but bogeys at Nos. 16 and 18 sent him to his final nine at even par.

The back nine was a roller coaster, starting with a birdie-bogey-birdie stretch from Nos. 2 through 4. He had another birdie at the par-5 sixth, but gave it back with a bogey at the eighth before wrapping up his round with a birdie on the ninth.

Freshman Dillon Batsel opened the tournament with an even-par 71, tying for 14th in the individual competition. Batsel opened his round with a double bogey at the 10th, but birdies at the 11th and 14th got him back to even-par.

He continued his strong play early on the back nine with birdies at the first and fifth to get to two-under par. Back-to-back bogey at Nos. 6 and 7 finished off his even-par round.

Gavin Frost and Jamey Salmon each carded a one-over par, 72, and are tied for 24th. Frost made the turn at one-over par, but had three bogeys and three birdies on his final nine to get in at one-over par. Salmon had five birdies offset by six bogeys, but wrapped up his round with a birdie on the ninth to get momentum going into the final round.

Bobby Fredeking shot a three-over par 74 and is tied for 53rd. He had four bogeys and one birdie, with it coming at the last.

The Dolphins will tee off in the final threesomes tomorrow with Elon and Gardner-Webb.