Jamey Salmon in the hunt at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate
Junior Jamey Salmon is in the hunt again, posting a two-under par 69 in the opening round of the 2011 Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the par-71 Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

Salmon is tied for fifth individually, one of only nine players to break par on the day. He trails Gardner-Webb’s Kristopher Gray by two shots entering the final round as he is tied for fifth.

Salmon’s stellar round has the Dolphins tied for seventh at eight-over par with Appalachian State, trailing leader Gardner-Webb by nine shots. A year ago, the Dolphins rallied from a five-shot deficit in the final round for a six-shot win over Vanderbilt.

“After a slow start, Jamey really held his round together and put himself in contention,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “He’s shown all fall that he’s got the game to compete, now he has to just put two rounds together in a tournament.

“Everyone on the team knows they left some shots out on the course. The older guys were in this situation last year and know what we have to do to get back into the hunt.”

Salmon’s round didn’t start as planned.

He bogey the first, but answered with birdies at Nos. 3, 8 and 9 to make the turn at two-under par. He pushed his round to three-under par with a birdie at the par-5 14th, but gave that shot back on the 15th to finish his round of 69.

Bobby Fredeking and Nick Torrance are both tied for 32nd at three-over par, 74. Fredeking was never able to get any momentum going, opening with two bogeys in his first four holes to make the turn at two-over par and followed it up two more bogeys before a birdie at the 14th got him to three-over.

Torrance also picked two bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4, but rallied with three straight birdies to get back to one-under par through eight. The bogey train came rolling back as he ran off four straight from No. 9 through 12 before a birdie at the par-4 18th got him to three-over par.

Brett McKinnon saw a stellar round in the making slip away over the final three holes, shooting a four-over par, 75, to tie for 44th. With three birdies and three bogeys in his first seven holes, the freshman calmed down to rattle off eight straight pars before a disastrous triple bogey on the par-3 16th was coupled with a bogey at the 18th.

Trey Douglas carded a six-over par 77, rallying after being five-over par through seven holes, to tie for 67th.

The Dolphins will tee off in the final round with Samford and Western Carolina starting at 11:30 a.m. Fans can follow the live scoring on