SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012
Low round moves Jacksonville into fifth at the Seminole Intercollegiate
On a day when low scores were hard to find, the Jacksonville men’s golf team posted the third best score of the day to move into fifth place after 36 holes at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
The Dolphins had two players finish under par on the day, with Nick Torrance carding a season-low two-under par 69 while Jamey Salmon carded a one-under par 70, as JU shot a one-over par, 285 – the lowest round recorded this season.
Jacksonville sits at five-over par, trailing tournament leader No. 8 Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are at 16-under par, sporting a five shot lead over No. 28 Florida State. FSU’s Chase Seiffert leads the individual competition at eight-under par after carding his second straight four-under par, 67.
The 36-hole total of 573 is the sixth lowest 36-hole score for the Dolphins since the 1993 season.
“We had a chance at a really good round today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Everyone is playing well, we just haven’t been able to finish our rounds as well as we would like. We just need to come out ready to do it again tomorrow and have a good finish.”
Salmon will tee off in the final round looking to post a number for the leaders to shoot at later in the day. He is tied for fifth at four-under par and was six-under par for the tournament at one point thanks to four birdies on the front nine. A pair of bogeys on the back nine saw him slide back to four-under for the tournament.
Torrance put together his best round of his inaugural collegiate season. He opened his round with a birdie at the par-5, first, and followed it up with two bogeys and one birdie to make the turn at even-par. His back nine had two birdies, the first at the par-4 11th and the other on the par-4 18th, to move into a tie for 28th at two-over par for the tournament. He had started the day in a tie for 62nd.
Bobby Fredeking ended what looked to be a good day on a sour note, finishing with a one-over par, 72, thanks to back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18. He is tied for 35th at three-over par.
Will Braude had some struggles on the back nine, making the turn at one-over par and was four-over par on the back nine, shooting a 5-over par, 76, thanks to 36 putts on the day. He is tied for 48th at six-over par.
Brett McKinnon had his 3-over par, 74, count towards the team score – moving him into a tie for 59th at seven-over par.
The Dolphins will tee off in the final round with three closest teams chasing them – Michigan State, North Carolina and Arkansas State. Jacksonville will be looking to pass Mercer (+2 thru 36) and Kennesaw State (+1 thru 36) in the final round.