TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008
Men's golf finishes second at the North-South Intercollegiate
March 11, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In a day tailor made for low scores, the JU men's golf team posted its best round of the season, a 3-under par 285, to take second place at the North-South Intercollegiate on the par-72 Jacksonville Beach Golf Club.
Senior Matt Kleinrock carded a career-best six-under par 66 to finish in second place individually at three-under par, 141.
Florida Gulf Coast carded an 11-under par, 277, to finish the 36-hole event at 568 - eight-under par for the tournament to beat the other 10 teams. JU's 36-hole total of 583 was seven-over par for the event, the best total for the Dolphins this season.
"This was a great tournament for our guys to gain some confidence as we head into the stretch run," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "They learned from their mistakes yesterday and were able to grind out some good scores when everything wasn't working just right for them."
Kleinrock's round was a bogey-free round, that could have been even better. He just missed a 20-foot eagle putt on 16, he left an 18-footer for birdie on 17 just short of the hole and he left a 10-footer short on 18.
On the opposite side of the ledger, he did run in six birdies in the round. He had to back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, followed a by another at No. 6 to make the turn at three-under. He kept the hot streak going on the back, with birdies at Nos. 10 and 12 to go along with his two-putt birdie at No. 16.
"I was really feeling it today on the greens," Kleinrock said. "I putt by feel and pace. Once I made the putt on No. 2, I knew it was going to be a good day. I just kept giving myself chances and ran a few in."
Freshman Stephen Healy grinded a one-under par 71 to claim a top 10 finish at even-par for the event. Healy was one-under par on the front nine, but rallied with a two-putt birdie on No. 16 to get to two-under.
A bogey on the 17th put a damper on the end of his round as he tied for sixth.
Justin Jones rallied from a five-over par front nine to shoot a two-over par 74 and tie for 13th. Jones holes a five-foot putt for eagle on No. 16 after a birdie on No. 13 to get back to four-over par for the tournament.
Christian Martin also had a back nine rally to shoot a 74 and tie for 18th at six-over par, 150. After going out in three-over par, Martin shot one-under par on the final nine holes to get back to two-over par for the round.
Tim Adams struggled on Tuesday, having the shaft of the driver he borrowed from Kleinrock break early in the round, shooting a nine-over par 81 to tie for 40th at 157, 13-over par.
The Dolphins are back in action on March 30th as they get a preview of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship by playing in the Larry Nelson Collegiate in Chateau Elan, Ga.
2007-08 MEN'S GOLF