Men’s golf opens its season at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate
The JU men’s golf team makes its season debut on Monday as they participate in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate.

The layout of the demanding Haig Point Country Club will test the 15 teams in the event, with JU being joined by several teams ranked in the top 50 nationally. The tournament has consistently been among of the toughest in the country, with pars being a necessity.

“Our guys feel good about getting the season started, especially with this tournament,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’ve played some difficult golf courses in Jacksonville to prepare for what we know will be one of the toughest courses we’ll face all season.

“One of the things we’ve preached the last couple of weeks is that par is a good score and at times, there is such a thing as good bogeys. This course will beat you up at times, but you have to keep your head down and focus on the next shot.”

The Dolphins lineup will be a mixture of young and old. Senior Bobby Fredeking and junior Jamey Salmon are the veteran members of the group while sophomore Dillon Batsel is joined by freshmen Nick Torrance and Brett McKinnon.

“I’ve been really impressed with how well Nick and Brett have adjusted to college and have played well in qualifying,” Blackburn said. “This is going to be a great learning experience for them as we face a very difficult schedule this season.”

The two-day event begins with 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final round on Tuesday. This is the third straight year the Dolphins have played in the event and are looking to improve on their best finish – a sixth place showing last season.