MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007
Men's golf in third at the A-Sun Championship
April 16, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - First rounds results and Second round live scoring
Amid blustery conditions, Russell Knox led the JU men's golf with a four-over par 75 as the Dolphins are in third place after the first round of the 2007 Atlantic Sun Championship on the par-71 Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove.
The Dolphins posted a 26-over par 310 and sit eight back of UNF, who carded a round of 18-over par, 302.
The scoring conditions were tough, with the best round of the day being a two-over par 73 and the average score for the field was more than 80. UNF's Jeff Dennis is tied with East Tennessee State's Seamus Power and Gareth Shaw at two-over par.
"With the wind blowing the way it did all day, it made for some very difficult scoring conditions," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "Today was about survival and staying in contention. We know that we have to come out and play better tomorrow."
Knox's round started with three bogeys in the first six holes before a birdie on the seventh sent him to the back nine at two-over par. A bogey on the tenth was equalized by a birdie on the 15th before a double bogey ended his round at four-over and alone in sixth place.
Duncan Stewart carded a six-over par 77 to finish in a tie for ninth individually. Stewart opened the round with bogeys on the fourth, seventh and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over par. But back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and 12 moved him back to one-over par with six left to play.
His roller-coaster round finished without a par, with three straight bogeys from 13 through 15, a double bogey on 16 followed by a birdie-bogey finish to shoot just two-over par on the back nine.
Jamie Kennedy, Joshua Kinsey and Matt Kleinrock all posted an eight-over par 79 to tie sit in a tie for 16th. Kennedy had the most promising round of the trio, making the turn at one-over par, but two double bogeys in the final six holes derailed a solid round.
Kinsey made the turn at four-over par and four bogeys in the final seven holes sent him to eight-over par. Kleinrock recovered from a rough start, sitting at four-over par after four holes, but a bogey-bogey finish but a damper on a solid comeback on the back nine.
The Dolphins will tee off with North Florida and East Tennessee State again on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m.
WIND ROLLS IN: The storm front that has wreaked havoc across the country hit the Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove on Monday, blowing steadily at 12-18 miles per hour throughout the day. The gusts were up to 30 miles per hour, knocking off several golf bags and forcing players to step away from putts all day.
DOLPHINS STRUGGLE ON 18th: JU was set to put up a good score after 17 holes, but the 18th took its toll on the Dolphins. The five Dolphins were seven-over par on the final hole - including two double bogeys.
GETTING HOME IS EASY: The Dolphins tried to take advantage of the wind on the par-five 12th hole. With the hole playing downwind, all five Dolphins were either on the green or around the green in two. Duncan Stewart hit an 8-iron from 196 while Jamie Kennedy hit an 8-iron from 200 yards - with both reaching the green with ease.
SCOTTISH SUMMER WEATHER: With the wind howling, it seemed like summer weather for the Scottish fan contingent following the Dolphins. Duncan Stewart's father braved the windy conditions in short sleeves and shorts. One thing is for sure, walking around the course warms you up more than driving around in the cart - as Russell Knox's parents were able to thaw out and shed their jackets on the back nine.
AT THE TURN: After nine holes, JU trailed East Tennessee State by just two shots and UNF by one. After the back nine, the Dolphins trailed UNF by eight and ETSU by three. Campbell, who is tied for fourth at 30-over par, was just 13-over after nine and was just five shots back at the midway point.
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