Men’s golf slips to eighth at the Atlantic Sun Championship

The Jacksonville men’s golf team shot a 16-over par, 304, to slip into eighth place after 36 holes at the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.


The Dolphins fell to 31-over par and trail fifth place Mercer by seven shots entering the final round.  North Florida leads the competition at three-under par, with Sean Dale leading the individual competition at seven-under par.


Jacksonville is paced by the freshmen duo of Nick Torrance and Brett McKinnon.  Each shot a two-over par, 74, and is tied for 14th at five-over par.


“We struggled today,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “Nick and Brett did a good job today, but we once again struggled on our back nine.  We’ve got one round left in the season and we want to end this the right way.”


McKinnon got off to a solid start again – making the turn at one-under par thanks to back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16.  After a birdie at the par-5 fifth got him into red numbers again, McKinnon hit a few bumps – a triple bogey at the par-4 sixth and a bogey at the par-4 eighth was offset by a birdie on the par-5 ninth to end the round with a 74.


Torrance made the turn at even par despite birdies at Nos. 15 and 16.  His back nine featured four bogeys and two birdies, coming at Nos. 7 and 9, en route to his 74.


Bobby Fredeking shot a three-over par, 75, and is tied for 20th at seven-over par.  Jamey Salmon shot a nine-over par, 81, and is in 44th at 14-over par.  Will Bradue shot an 89 and is in 50th place.