Tale of two rounds for JU at the Linger Longer Invitational

For 27 holes on Saturday, the Jacksonville men’s golf team put itself in position for a strong finish at the Linger Longer Invitational.


The final nine holes of the day saw the Dolphins unravel as JU slipped into 12th place in the elite field after the first day of action.  JU shot 6-over par in the opening round to finish in eighth place, but the 19-over par afternoon round slid the Dolphins down the leaderboard.


Alabama, ranked seventh nationally, leads the event at 12-under par.  There is a three-way tie for the individual lead at 5-under par with Mercer’s James Beale, Kennesaw State’s Jeff Karlsson and Notre Dame’s Max Scodro.


“The first round was really strong for us,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We let the second round get away from us and that’s disappointing after how well we played in the morning.  This is a great tournament and a great field.  You can’t take your guard down for a minute or this golf course will bite you.”


One of the biggest roller coasters of the day belonged to Jamey Salmon.  The junior from Jacksonville carded a career-best 6-under par, 66, in the morning round to sit just one shot out of the lead thanks to a four-under par back nine.  With his birdie on the par-4 13th, his fourth hole of the second round, Salmon had the outright lead in the individual competition at eight-under par.


His round started to go awry with a double bogey at the par-3 14th, but a birdie on the par-5 18th had him still in the lead at 7-under par.


His back nine started with a bogey, but he answered quickly with a birdie at the par-5 second hole to get back to 7-under par.  That was the last bright spot as he played the final seven holes 6-over par to fall back into a tie for 15th at one-under par, 143.


Salmon’s round was just one of the rough back nines had by the Dolphins.  As a team, JU shot 17-over par on the final nine holes of the day.


Freshman Brett McKinnon carded rounds of 73 and 77 to tie for 41st at six-over par.  Freshman Nick Torrance posted a pair of 76s to tie for 50th at eight-over par.  Senior Bobby Fredeking opened with an 81 and finished with a 77 to tie for 64th at 14-over par.  Senior Will Braude opened with a 79 and had an 80 in the afternoon to tie for 66th at 15-over par.


The Dolphins will look to make a move back up the leaderboard in the final round on Sunday, as they are just three shots out of ninth place.