JU tied for seventh at the John Hayt Invitational
The Jacksonville men’s golf team got off to a solid start, finishing in a tie for seventh amid tough conditions after the first round of the John Hayt Invitational.

Jamey Salmon carded a one-under par 71 at Sawgrass Country Club, opening the event by going four-under par on his first nine. His round was one of just eight recorded under par on the day.

LSU’s Sang Yi, ranked 43rd nationally, carded a five-under par 67 to lead the individual competition by one shot over a trio at four-under par. No. 17 UCF leads the 15-team event after shooting a six-over par, 294, leading No. 38 Tennessee by one.

JU had its best first round of the season on Sunday, shooting a 12-over par, 300, to tie Ole Miss, No. 13 North Florida and No. 42 TCU for seventh place.

“Jamey was really close to a great round today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “He had a bad stretch on the back nine, but was able to put up a good score in tough conditions. Even though we counted an 82, we’re still in good position.”

Salmon was hot on his front nine. Starting on the 10th tee, he birdied the par-5 11th and followed it up with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. After giving a shot back with a bogey at the 17th, he answered with an eagle on the par-5 18th to turn at four-under par.

He was plodding along until three straight bogeys at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 moved him back to one-under. A birdie at the par-5 8th was given right back with a bogey on the 9th to finish at one-under par. With the solid round, Salmon is in a tie for sixth place – four shots out of the lead.

Nick Torrance rallied for a one-over par, 73, and is in a tie for 12th place. He started his round the same way as Salmon, a birdie at the 11th. His round though took a different turn with a double bogey at the 13th and back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th to turn at 3-over par.

His back nine was flawless with birdies at the third and eighth to get back to one-over par.

Bobby Fredeking also had a solid back nine rally as well. After going 3-over par on his front nine, he was one-under par on the back nine, with birdies at the sixth and seventh offset by a bogey at the ninth. He is tied for 16th.

Brett McKinnon carded a 10-over par, 82, and is tied for 78th. Brian Phelan carded a 13-over par round of 85 to sit in a tie for 84th. Playing as an individual, Taylor Szyndlar carded a 12-over par, 83.

The Dolphins will tee off at 9:03 a.m. on Monday morning off the 10th tee.