FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
Men’s golf in 11th after first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate
Late round struggles plagued the JU men’s golf team as the Dolphins are in 11th place after the first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate, on the par-71 Southwood Golf Course.
The Dolphins finished with a 17-over par, 301, 24 shots back of tournament leader No. 18 Arkansas, who posted the only under-par round among the 18 teams at seven-under par. Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen and North Texas’ Carlos Ortiz are tied for the individual lead after carding a three-under par, 69.
JU was led by Bobby Fredeking and Gavin Frost, who each shot a three-over par, 74, to tie for 30th after the first round.
With four holes to go, JU was at seven-over par for its round, but was 10-over par on the last four holes – counting three double bogeys.
“We’re really close to having a good round today, but we struggled on the last four holes,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We know we’re capable of shooting good scores, now we have to take that belief to the course and finish our rounds.”
Fredeking was rolling along early, with birdies on three of the first four holes with only a bogey at third to make the turn at two-under par. A birdie at the 10th got him to three-under par and a share of the lead, but two bogeys and two double bogeys put a sour finish to his round of 74.
Frost was rolling on the front nine as well, sitting at one-under par for his front nine until a double bogey at the ninth sent him to the turn at one-over par. Three bogeys and a birdie on the back nine were the finishing touches on his 74.
Dillon Batsel had a roller-coaster round that featured four birdies, two doubles and four bogeys that added up to four-over par, 75, placing him in a tie for 39th.
Jamey Salmon is tied for 65th after a seven-over par, 78, that started with a birdie at the first. Trey Douglas carded a nine-over par, 80, to tie for 80th.
The Dolphins return to the links for the second round on Saturday morning.