Men’s golf takes ninth at the Hayt Inviational
Featuring a hot round by Bobby Fredeking, the Jacksonville men’s golf team shot 3-over par in the final round of the Hayt Invitational to finish in ninth place.

Fredeking carded a four-under par 68 for his best round of the season and first round under par this spring. In doing so, he led the Dolphins to their best finish of the spring and wins over No. 27 UAB and No. 49 Tulsa.

No. 8 Arkansas rallied for the team title, posting a 7-under par 281 in the final round to race past second round leader No. 17 UCF. TCU’s Julien Brun, ranked 10th nationally, won the individual title at 5-under par – topping teammate Johan de Beer by one.

“Overall, this was a good event for us and a building block for the rest of the season,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “The one thing it showed is that they can compete with the best teams in the country. The key is for us to take this experience and use it to get better each time out the rest of the spring.”

Fredeking torched the Sawgrass Country Club for his 68, tying Arkansas Ethan Tracy for the low round of the day.

After opening his round with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4, Fredeking caught fire with five straight birdies from No. 8 to No. 11, narrowly missing out on a sixth straight as he lipped out for birdie on the 12th.

He followed that up with back-to-back birdies at No. 14 and 15 to get to 5-under for the round before a bogey on the 16th finished his round at four-under – moving him into a tie for 10th in the individual competition at one-over par.

Freshman Nick Torrance had a solid day as well, going 2-under par on the back nine to shoot an even-par 72 and tying for 27th at 7-over par.

Jamey Salmon steadied the ship after a double bogey on the first hole to shoot a 2-over par, 74, and tied for 10th at 1-over par.

Brett McKinnon carded a five-over par 77 to tie for 69th at 17-over par, counting towards the team score. Brian Phelan’s 80 was dropped and he finished in 81st. Playing as an individual, Taylor Szyndlar shot a six-over par, 78, and finished in 86th at 29-over par.

The Dolphins are off until March 9 when they participate in the Seminole Intercollegiate.