MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
Men’s golf tied for eighth entering final round of Hayt Invitational
The Jacksonville men’s golf team shot a nine-over par, 297, in the second round of the John Hayt Invitational and sit in a tie for eighth place entering the final round on Tuesday at the Sawgrass Country Club.

Junior Jamey Salmon remains in contention for the individual title after carding an even-par 72 in the second round to sit in sixth place at one-under par, four shots behind 10th ranked Julien Brun of TCU.

No. 17 UCF continues to lead the 15-team event, sporting a 3-shot lead over No. 40 TCU, No. 8 Arkansas and No. 38 Tennessee. Jacksonville is tied with Tulsa

“With the weather today, you had to be patient and our guys did a good job of that,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Jamey had a really good round today. I was glad to see Brian (Phelan) and Brett (McKinnon) bounce back after yesterday’s round to come through when we needed a good round.

“We’ve put ourselves in position to have a good finish against some very good teams. We’ve seen that we can put good scores on the board. We need to continue focusing on taking it one shot at a time and not get to thinking too far ahead tomorrow.”

Salmon’s even-par round was a round of consistency. He opened his round with a birdie on his first hole, the par-4 10th, and stayed at one-under par until a bogey on his 14th hole (the par-4 5th hole). That was the only blemish on his scorecard as he made four straight pars to author a 72.

Brett McKinnon had the second best round of the day for JU, carding a two-over par, 74, after posting an 82 in the opening round. He made the turn at even-par thanks to two birdies being offset by two bogeys. Three bogeys over a four-hole stretch early in the front nine put his round in peril, but he turned the tide with a birdie on the par-5 eighth, his 17th hole, to move into a tie for 64th at 12-over par.

Bobby Fredeking put together a roller coaster round that ended with a three-over par, 75, moving him into a tie for 23rd at five-over par. A bogey-birdie start was quickly followed by three bogeys in the final six holes to go to the back nine at three-over par.

On the back nine, Fredeking opened with a bogey at the par-3 third hole but erased that with an eagle 3 at the par-5 fourth to get back to two-over par. The momentum was short lived as he bogeyed the next two holes before finishing off the round with a birdie on the par-5 eighth.

Brian Phelan rallied from a rough start to shoot a four-over par, 76, to move into 81st at 17-over par after shooting and 85 in the first round. A double bogey started his round, but despite falling to four-over par early, he rebounded with a birdie to end his front nine. He offset two bogeys early in his back nine with a birdie to count towards the team score.

Nick Torrance carded a six-over par, 78, that was marred by three double bogeys. He fell into a tie for 35th at seven-over par.

Playing as an individual, Taylor Szyndlar shot an 84 and is tied for 48th at 23-over par.

The Dolphins tee off at 8 a.m. and will play with Tulsa and LSU in the final round.