Men’s golf in ninth after 36 holes at the 2011 A-Sun Championship
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The JU men’s golf team rallied from a slow start to post a two-over par round of 286 and move into ninth place after two rounds on the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club in the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

The Dolphins enter the final round just five shots from seventh place and are only eight shots away from fifth, thanks to a one-under par 71 by Dillon Batsel.

Kennesaw State continues to lead the 11-team competition at six-under par as the Owls look for their first league title. Kennesaw State’s Jeff Karlsson leads the individual competition at six-under par.

“We played much better today and didn’t focus on the results as much as the shot at hand,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We’ve got one round left in the season and hopefully we can come back out with the same mentality tomorrow and move up a few more spots.”

As a team, JU was seven-over par through three holes – rallying to be three-over par at the turn and getting another shot closer to par on the back nine.

Batsel’s play was a big part of the success. He hit his opening tee shot out of bounds and saw his shot for par from 100 yards lip out to tap in for a bogey. He followed with a double bogey at the par-5 third to get to three-over par through three holes.

From there, he played near flawless. He birdied the fourth to get back to two-over par and then ran off four birdies in five holes, getting under par on Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 14. A bogey on the par-3 16th capped off his solid round that saw him move into for 23rd at four-over par for the tournament after starting the day tied for 39th.

Bobby Fredeking and Stephen Healy each carded an even-par round of 71, with each taking different routes to the score.

Fredeking made the turn at one-under par after a bogey at the par-4 5th hole was followed by back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8. His back nine started with a bogey on the par-4 13th, but he followed that up with a massive 400-plus yard drive on the par-5 15th hole, making a two-putt birdie to get back into red numbers. A bogey on the par-3 16th dropped him back to two-over par for the tournament and a tie for 16th.

Meanwhile, Healy was charging admission for a roller coaster round. He started bogey-double bogey and got into rhythm to get birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 to shoot one-over par on the front side. He opened the back nine with a birdie at the 10th, but a missed up-and-down from just off the 13th green was followed by a errant tee shot into the water on the 14th – leading to back-to-back bogeys and falling back to two-over par.

The senior from Ireland had one more run in him. He nailed a 10-footer for birdie on 15, missed a 10-footer for birdie on 16, rolled in a 25-footer for birdie on 17 and just missed a 30-footer for birdie on 18. His even-par round moved him into a tie for 28th at five-over par.

Jamey Salmon carded a three-over par, 74, easily playing his round in less than four hours. He made the turn at even-par, but a double bogey-bogey stretch on Nos. 12 and 13 was too much to overcome in the final five holes as he moved into a tie for 45th at nine-over par.

Gavin Frost had several birdie opportunities, but couldn’t convert any of them as he carded a five-over par 76 to fall into a tie for 39th at seven-over par.

The Dolphins will go off in the final round starting at 8:48 a.m.