Men’s golf posts second-best round on Monday at the Hayt
Sophomore Trey Douglas carded a career-best even-par 72 as the JU men’s golf team posted the second-best round of the day at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

The Dolphins shot a nine-over par, 297, to move up to 14th place at the par-72 Sawgrass Country Club. Only #46 Tennessee and #13 Auburn carded better rounds as they each shot a seven-over par, 295.

Auburn leads the 15-team event at one-over par, sporting a seven-shot lead over #20 Arkansas, #7 LSU and Tennessee.

There is a three-way tie for the individual lead at five-under par with Auburn’s Blayne Barber (ranked sixth), joined by Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen (ranked 100th) and Florida’s Phillip Choi (ranked 25th). In all, there are 11 players within five shots of the lead.

“I’m really proud of how the guys responded today, especially Trey,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Trey has been playing well and today he committed to every shot and he has the results to show for it.”

Douglas, who opened the tournament with an 80 on Sunday, jumped from a tie for 81st to a tie for 49th at eight-over par. He made the turn at one-over par after bogeys at Nos. 14 and 17 offset a birdie to start the round on the 14th hole.

After a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole put him at two-over par, Douglas rallied with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 6 and 7 to finish off his masterpiece.

Douglas wasn’t the only one to go low for JU on Monday, as Gavin Frost and Dillon Batsel each carded a one-over par, 73.

Frost opened his round with 10 straight pars before a bogey at the second hole, his 11th. He answered with a birdie at the eighth to get back to even, but a bogey at the ninth finished off his round and allowed him to jump from a tie for 41st to a tie for 20th at three-over par.

Batsel meanwhile had a quiet scorecard, with just two bogeys and one birdie en route to a 73, placing him in a tie for 33rd at five-over par.

Jamey Salmon carded a seven-over par, 79, to round out the team score for JU. He remains tied for 68th at 12-over par. Jimmy Murphy shot a 13-over par 85 and is in 84th place at 22-over par.

Taylor Szyndlar, playing as an individual, shot a seven-over par 79 to fall into a tie for 58th at 10-over par.

The Dolphins look to move up the leaderboard in the final round, starting Tuesday at 8 a.m.