SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
Men’s golf takes sixth at the Seminole Intercollegiate
Despite a few struggles on the final few holes, the Jacksonville men’s golf team took home sixth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate for its best finish of the spring season.

The Dolphins picked up four wins over teams ranked in the top 100, including Michigan State (81), Miss. State (60), Charlotte (61), South Florida (55). Tournament host No. 28 Florida State rallied to top No. 8 Georgia Tech by one shot. FSU’s Brooks Koepka, ranked 29th nationally, won the individual title at 9-under par.

The best round of the day came from senior Will Braude, who completed his first tournament of the season with a one-under par, 70, to tie for 40th at five-over par.

Jacksonville’s three-round total of 860, 8-over par, is the second best 54-hole score for the Dolphins in the past 15 years – topped only by the 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference championship performance.

“Everybody played well at times this week, so this was a big boost for our confidence as we head into the final month of the season,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We still have a lot of work to do as we didn’t play as well on the back nine this week. All in all, I’m pleased with how we’ve progressed and the confidence our guys are playing with right now.”

Braude’s round got off on the right foot with a birdie at the par-5 first. He followed it up with a birdie at the fifth, but a bogey at the eighth sent him to the back nine at 1-under par. His back nine start was a roller coaster – eagle, bogey, birdie – putting him a 3-under par with six holes left. A double bogey at the 16th was a bitter blemish as he signed for his 70.

Brett McKinnon and Nick Torrance each put together the second best round of the day for JU, carding a one-over par, 72. McKinnon’s was steady – 17 pars and one bogey, that coming on the par-4, 14th, tying him for 48th at 8-over par, 221. Torrance meanwhile battled back from a bogey at the third hole to get to even par three different times during the round, but a bogey on the 18th hole ended his round over par and tied for 32nd at 3-over par, 216.

Jamey Salmon had another top 20 finish, tying for 12th after a two-over par, 73. He was even-par through the front nine thanks to two birdies, but bogeys at the 12th and 14th were unanswered, leaving him with his only over par round of the event. It is his sixth top 20 finish of the season and his third this spring.

Bobby Fredeking shot a 7-over par, 78, and finished in a tie for 58th at 10-over par, 223.

The Dolphins are off until March 24 when they face another elite field at the Linger Longer Invitational.