FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2012
Salmon leads men’s golf to eight after first round at the Seminole Intercollegiate

Jamey Salmon carded a three-under par 68 to lead the Jacksonville men’s golf team to a eighth place finish after the first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate.


Salmon is tied for fourth in the individual competition, trailing Kennesaw State’s Jeff Karlsson by three shots.  No. 28 Florida State and No. 8 Georgia Tech lead the 18-team competition at six-under par.  The Dolphins are just 10 shots out of the lead, finishing the day at four-over par.


The junior from Jacksonville, Fla. had five birdies on the day and just two bogeys as he looks for his third top 10 finish in four events this spring.


“We had a few hiccups coming in, but we were able to put together a good round,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn.  “Jamey put together a really good round today and his confidence has carried over to the rest of the guys on the team.  Now, we need to get some rest and come back tomorrow to do it again.”


Salmon opened his round with a birdie at the par-5 first, but gave it back with a bogey on the par-4 fifth.  He then rallied with birdies at Nos. 7, 9, 10 and 14 to get to four-under par.  A bogey on the par-4 18th was his only blemish on the back nine to post his 3-under par round.


Senior Will Braude, also a Jacksonville native, carded a one-over par, 72, and is tied for 30th.  He had two birdies and just three bogeys in his first round of the season after missing the fall due to injuries.


The last of the Jacksonville trio, Bobby Fredeking, carded a two-over par, 73, to tie for 42nd.  Fredeking, who was at two-under par at one point in the round and even-par through 16, finished with a double bogey on the par-3 17th put a damper on his round.


Freshmen Nick Torrance and Brett McKinnon each shot a four-over par 75 to tie for 62nd.  McKinnon overcame a disastrous start, with three birdies on the front nine to overcome a quintuple bogey at the par-3 third hole.  Torrance was one-over par through 10, but four bogeys over the final eight holes was offset by just one birdie.


The Dolphins will tee it up in the second round on Saturday with North Carolina, Michigan State and Charlotte.