Led by the two best rounds of Trey Douglas’s career, the Jacksonville University men’s golf team is in sixth place after the first day of the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate.
Douglas posted an even-par 72 in the morning and followed with a 2-under par 70 in the afternoon at the Country Club of South Carolina to tie for 10th place individually at 2-under par, six shots behind Loyola’s Brenden Lemp and Gardner-Webb’s Matthew Yelverton.
As a team, the Dolphins struggled amid ideal scoring conditions in the morning round with a 5-over par, 293. JU rallied in the afternoon with a 4-under par, 284, with three rounds under par in the afternoon.
Gardner-Webb leads the 15-team event at 12-under par, holding a four shot lead over Old Dominion entering the final round on Tuesday.
“I was glad to see us bounce back with the round we had in the afternoon,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “It was great to see Trey put together two great rounds today when we needed them. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going tomorrow and have a strong finish.”
Douglas posted his first collegiate rounds at par or better with his play on Monday, setting the tone for his teammates.
Senior Jamey Salmon carded a 2-over par 74 in the morning but responded with a 2-under par, 70, in the afternoon to tie for 23rd at even-par. Dillon Batsel tied him at even-par, but shot a 73 in the morning and a 71 in the afternoon.
Colin Monagle, playing in his first collegiate event, opened with a 2-over par 74 and followed it up with a 1-over par 73 to tie for 42nd at 3-over par. Brett McKinnon opened with a 75 and shot a 78 in the second round to tie for 73rd at 9-over par.
The Dolphins will look to move up the leaderboard on Tuesday, sitting just seven shots out of third place.