SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
Men’s golf tied for 12th at the Linger Longer Invitational
Dillon Batsel carded a one-over par 73 to lead the JU men’s golf team as the Dolphins are tied for 12th place after the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation.

The Dolphins struggled on the back nine, going 13-over par over their final nine holes to post a 21-over par, 309. No. 4 Alabama and No. 49 Chattanooga lead the 13-team event at four-under par. JU was sitting in good position until the final four holes, playing them 10-over par to slide from eighth place to a tie for 12th.

Alabama’s Cory Whitsett, ranked 17th nationally, carded an eight-under par 64 to take a five-shot lead in the individual competition over five players.

“We had some good rounds going today, but we let it get away from us late,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Dillon had a very solid round and know he would like to have those last three holes back, but it’s a good start against a very good field.”

Batsel opened his round on the 10th tee and birdied the 12th hole to get to one-under par. Three bogeys though over the final six holes, including two in a row to end the nine, had him two-over par at the turn.

He answered on the back nine with three birdies in the first six holes, rolling in birdies at No. 2, 4 and 6 to get to one-under par. But bogeys at the seventh and ninth ended his round outside of red numbers in a tie for 17th.

Bobby Fredeking had the second best round of the day for JU, carding a four-over par, 76. After making the turn at one-over with a birdie and pair of bogeys, Fredeking got it into red numbers quickly with a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on No. 2 to get to two-under par for the round.

But his last five holes turned into a nightmare, playing them six-over par with three bogey and a quadruple bogey to tie for 37th place.

Gavin Frost posted a seven-over par 79 that was a roller coaster round with just six pars on the scorecard. He had three birdies, eight bogeys and a double bogey to finish in a tie for 64th.

Jamey Salmon carded a nine-over par 81 to tie for 69th. Salmon made the turn at two-over par after a birdie at the 15th and finished with a birdie at the ninth, but an eight-over par stretch over Nos. 4 through 8 ended his round on a sour note.

Trey Douglas finished the day in 72nd after an 11-over par, 83. He had just four bogeys, but had two double bogeys and one triple.

The Dolphins will go back to work on Monday morning in the second round.