MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
Men's golf in tenth at the A-Sun Championship

April 21, 2008

BRASELTON, Ga. - The first round of the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship is one that the JU men's golf team will forget.

The Dolphins posted a score of 316 (32-over par) and are in tenth place among the 10 teams in the championship on the par-71 Chateau Elan Golf Club.

Christian Martin had the best finish for the Dolphins, carding a six-over par 77.

"With a young team, this was a learning experience to play in heated environment like the conference tournament," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "We're going to work on some things on the range and get ready to play better tomorrow."

Gardner-Webb leads the team competition after surprising the tournament field with an even-par round of 284. The Bulldogs' Blake Palmer shot a six-under par 65 to lead the individual competition.

Martin's round got off to ominous start, with bogeys on the first and second holes. Another back-to-back bogey stretch on Nos. 6 and 7 sent him to the back nine at four-over par.

He was able to hold it together on the back nine, with just two bogeys - on Nos. 11 and 14 to finish at six-over par.

Senior Matt Kleinrock shot a seven-over par 78 for the Dolphins second best score. He opened the round with a double bogey on the first and a bogey at the third. After that, he was able to get back on track to make the turn at three-over par.

The back nine saw some hiccups as he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 13, with a double bogey on the 14th to finish his round at seven-over par.

Freshman Tim Adams shot a nine-over par 80, rallying from a disastrous start. After hitting his opening tee shot out of bounds, Adams was four-over par after four holes and a birdie at the seventh got him to three-over par at the turn.

But the back nine would not be as kind as he opened bogey-double bogey, and finished with three bogeys on the final five holes.

Rounding out the Dolphins' team score are Justin Jones and Stephen Healy each shooting a 10-over par 81. Healy made the turn at six-over par and a birdie at the 16th was washed away with back-to-back bogeys to seal his round.

Jones has some problems on the back nine as well, with a birdie on the 16th highlighting his round of 81.

As a team, JU made just three birdies on the day and enter the second round trailing the sixth place team by 10 shots. The round of 316 is the highest score posted by the Dolphins in the A-Sun Tournament, breaking the previous high of 311 set in the second round of the 2000 event.

The Dolphins will go off in the first five groups on Tuesday, with the first tee time set for 8 a.m.