Men’s golf finishes 14th at the John Hayt Collegiate Inviational
The final round was all about survival at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, with the JU men’s golf team finishing the event in 14th place.

The Dolphins posted a 20-over par, 308, to remain in 14th place in the 15-team event. No. 20 Arkansas rallied to win the team title with a five-under par, 283, in the final round. Florida’s Phillip Choi, ranked 25th nationally, won the individual title by three shots at seven-under par after carding a two-under par 70 in the final round.

Jamey Salmon and Dillon Batsel carded the low round of the day for the Dolphins, each shooting a four-over par, 76. Gavin Frost added a five-over par, 77, while Jimmy Murphy and Trey Douglas each shot a seven-over par, 79, to round out the team score.

“When the wind kicks up, this golf course becomes very difficult and the scores showed that again today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’ve played in three great events this month and I think the experience from these events will help us the last two months of the season.”

Frost’s round dropped him from a tie for 20th to a tie for 31st at six-over par, 224. Batsel’s double bogey at the ninth, his final hole, ended his final round on a sour note and left him in a tie for 37th at seven-over par, 225.

Salmon made the turn at one-under par after several clutch up-and-downs, including one for birdie at the par-5 ninth. Unfortunately a five-over par start on the back nine left him in a tie for 63rd at 14-over par, 232.

Douglas produced the best round of the event for JU with his 72 in the second round, which combined with his final round left him in a tie for 56th at 13-over par, 231.

Murphy’s round was his best of the event and left him in 80th at 27-over par, 245.

Taylor Szyndlar carded a five-over par, 77, in the final round to finish in a tie for 56th in the individual competition at 15-over par.