Men’s golf finishes 13th at the Kansas Invitational
The JU men’s golf team got off to a slow start and finished 13th in the Kansas Invitational, the Dolphins first event of the 2010-11 season.

Sophomore Jamey Salmon had the best round of the tournament for JU, carding a one-over par 73 in the first round en route to a tie for 45th, the best finish for a Dolphin in the event.

JU opened with a 300 in the first round, followed by a 313 in the second round and 307 in the final round to take home 13th in the 15-team event at 56-over par. Oklahoma City won the event at one-over par, with Louisiana-Monroe’s Gustaf Kocken winning the individual title at four-under par.

“We didn’t get off to a good start and it really snowballed from there,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We had a chance to post some really good scores, but we struggled to finish the round. Now that we have a tournament under our belt, we can go back to practice and start working on getting better for the next event.”

Salmon followed up his 73 with a 78 in the second round and a 77 in the final round to finish at 12-over par, 228.

Sophomore Taylor Szyndlar opened with a three-over par 75, and followed with a 78 and a 76 to tie for 51st at 13-over par, 229. Junior Bobby Fredeking opened with a 75, but carded an 80 in the second round and wrapped up the tournament with a 76 to finish in a tie for 58th at 15-over par.

Freshman Brian Phelan opened with a 79 in his first collegiate round, but shot a team-low 77 in the second round and finished with a 78 in the final round to tie for 69th at 18-over par, 234.

Senior Stephen Healy opened with a 77, but followed with an 81 and a 78 to finish in tie for 76th at 20-over par, 236.

The Dolphins are off until Oct. 4 when they participate in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate in Haig Point, S.C.