PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Amidst rain and windy conditions, the Jacksonville University men's golf team completed 36-holes of the Sea Best Invitational hosted at the par-70, 6,873 yard Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. The Dolphins sit in a tie for 11th place among the 15 team leaderboard. Action from Ponte Vedra Beach continues tomorrow with an 8 a.m. start time off holes 1 & 10 where teams will play the final 18 holes.
The Dolphins are 46-over par combined while senior Brett McKinnon led the Dolphin lineup carding a two-over par 72 on the first 18 holes and a five-over par 75 in the second round. His three birdie day led to a tied for 16th among the 81 student-athlete leaderboard.
"The conditions tend to exaggerate your mistakes," said head coach Mike Blackburn. "Everyone seemed to be a little off. Saw some positives but this isn't the way we've been playing. The golf course played fast and firm and it was really a good opportunity to excel, but we just didn't play very well."
Senior Colin Monagle and freshman Raul Pereda both turned in three-over par first round scorecards, while Pereda trimmed the second round card with an eagle on the 558 yard par five finishing the final three holes at two-under par. Monagle is tied for 35th after a nine-over second round, where the senior was able to string together four pars to salvage the round.
North Carolina leads the tournament recording 24-over par through two rounds. Florida State (+27) and Florida (+28) round out the top three.
Junior Franck Medale shaved three strokes from his first round after carding two birdies on the front-nine leading to a 19-over par tournament score, while sophomore Ryan Jahn was able to combat a first round 19-over with a three-birdie second round leading to a six-over par.
Competing as individuals, seniors Nick Torrance and Connor Salanger finished the day in 59th and 80th, respectively. Torrance gathered a six-over par first round while Salangers best was a 12-over first round.
AJ Crouch of Florida currently leads the tournament with a one-under par, while Ben Wheeler of Coastal Carolina and Ben Griffin of North Carolina are tied for second at two-over par.
Live scoring of the third and final round can be found at Golfstat.com
JU returns to action following the Sea Best Invite when they compete in the Gator Invitational Feb. 14-15 in Gainesville, Fla.
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