Men's golf falls to fifth after two rounds at the A-Sun Championship

April 17, 2007

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The Jacksonville men's golf team was never able to get on track in the second round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, falling from a tie for second into fifth place after 36 holes.

JU posted a 21-over par 305 in the second round to fall 30 shots behind 17th ranked East Tennessee State. Duncan Stewart's two-over par 73 was the low round of the day for JU, placing him in a tie for eighth at eight-over par.

ETSU's Seamus Power used a six-under par 29 on the back nine, including a hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole, to take the individual lead at two-under par.

"We didn't play well today and everyone else took advantage of the scoring conditions," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "We needed to play better to stay with the leaders and that just wasn't the case."

Stewart's round started with bogeys on the third and fifth holes, but back-to-back birdies at six and seven got him back to even par. A double bogey on the ninth ruined his charge on the front side and a bogey on the 11th put a damper to the start of his back nine.

But the senior answered with birdies at the 12th and 14th to get back to one-over par. A bogey on the 18th left a sour taste in his mouth as finished with a 73 to sit in a tie for eighth.

Matt Kleinrock moved up in the individual standings with a four-over par 75. Kleinrock opened with three bogeys on the front nine and two bogeys on the back nine were countered by a birdie on the 18th to put the finishing touches on the round to move into a tie for 15th.

Joshua Kinsey carded a six-over par 77 that had the makings of a great round. After bogeys on the first and fourth holes, Kinsey birdied the sixth to make the turn at one-over par.

But the back nine was unkind to the sophomore, as he had a four bogeys and a double bogey - with just one birdie to go five-over par on the inward nine and sit in a tie for 21st.

Russell Knox carded a nine-over par 80 to fall into a tie for 19th at 13-over par. Knox made the turn at one-over par with just a bogey on the second, but struggled on the back nine. Knox had two double bogeys to go along with four bogeys for his worst round since his freshman season.

Senior Jamie Kennedy was suffering from the lingering effects of food poisoning the night before, shooting an 81. He made the turn at five-over par and went to nine-over for his round after a triple bogey at the 11th. He rallied with a birdie on the 14th, but bogeys on 16 and 17 ruined any chances for a late rally.

The Dolphins will tee off with Kennesaw State and Campbell in the final round on Wednesday morning, starting at 9:10 a.m.