Men’s golf rallies to win the Hummingbird Intercollegiate
The JU men’s golf team rallied from a five-shot deficit, posting a five-under par round of 279, to win the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

The Dolphins got a career-best three-under par 68 from Stephen Healy, a career-best two-under par 69 from Gavin Frost along with at two-under par from Dillon Batsel, playing in only his second collegiate tournament.

The tournament title is JU’s first since the Braveheart Classic in 2007. The 279 is the Dolphins lowest round since then as well.

“I am really proud of the guys and how well they played in contention today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’ve been really close to some good scores throughout the fall, but this is a great way for us to end it.”

The Dolphins took home a six-shot victory over Vanderbilt and beat third-place Kentucky by 10 shots. At five-under par, Jacksonville was the only team to finish the event in red numbers.

After posting a two-under par 69 in the opening round, Healy went right to work on No. 1 with a birdie. A bogey at the second brought him back to even, but three birdies at Nos. 5, 6 and 8 were balanced by just one bogey at the ninth to make the turn at two-under par.

From there, his confidence soared with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. A bogey at the 17th was the only blemish on his back nine as he finished in a tie for second place at five-under par, two shots behind Vanderbilt’s Adam Hofmann.

Batsel didn’t look like a freshman in the final round, making the turn at one-under par with three birdies. He got to three-under par on his back nine, with only a bogey at the 15th marring the final nine holes as he tied for fourth place at two-under par.

Frost played an inspired round, after a rough start. A double bogey at the par-3 third was quickly answered by a birdie at the fifth, but a bogey at the eighth sent to the final nine at two-over par.

His fortunes turned there. Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 got him to even-par and another combo of birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 got him into red numbers and led him into a tie for sixth.

The round that saved JU was Bobby Fredeking’s two-over par 73 that counted towards the team score. Sitting at six-over par through five holes, he rallied with four birdies and an eagle, offset by two bogeys to turn a score to help the Dolphins win the team title.

Jamey Salmon got off to a rough start with a bogey at the first and got his round back to even-par, but had some trouble on the back nine as he posted a nine-over par, 80.

With the fall schedule in the books, the Dolphins will start up in the spring with the JU Invitational hosted by Mark McCumber on the PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass starting on Jan. 31.