Men's golf has a share of the lead entering the final round on Tuesday

Sept. 18, 2006

FLORENCE, S.C. - - Despite tough scoring conditions, the Jacksonville men's golf team battled back after a tough first round to sit atop the leaderboard entering the final round of the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate.

JU is tied for first with former Atlantic Sun Conference rival Troy at two-under par in the 18-team event. The Dolphins trailed by nine shots after a first round total of 293, but carded a seven-under par 281 in the second round to tie the Trojans.

"The conditions were tough out here today and I'm pleased with how we came back in the second round," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "We have a lot of work left to do tomorrow and we know what we have to do to succeed."

Duncan Stewart, fresh off of an impressive win in the season opening Sanctuary Cove Preview, carded rounds of 69 and 71 to sit in second place in the individual competition, one shot out of the lead at four-under par. Stewart is looking to claim his the individual title in his fourth straight regular season event.

Joining Stewart in the top 10 is teammate Russell Knox, who opened with a two-over par 74 but answered with a four-under par 68 to finish in a tie for fifth at two-under par.

Matt Kleinrock continues his stellar start to the season as well, sitting in a tie for ninth place after rounds of 74 and 69 to sit at one-under par. Kleinrock has broken par in three of the four rounds this season, his first rounds under par in his collegiate career.

Justin Jones is tied for 38th at five-over par after rounds of 76 and 73. Jamie Kennedy posted rounds of 78 and 84 to sit in 92nd at 18-over par.

The Dolphins will look to seal their fourth straight team title in a regular season event with the final starting Tuesday morning, playing head-to-head with Troy and UTC.