JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Entering with three top-two finishes, the Jacksonville University men's golf team heads to the Atlantic Sun conference championship slated for 54-holes of stroke play. Action begins from the par 72, 7,032-yard Legends Course in Braselton, Ga. The tournament was slated to go on Sunday, but tornadoes and rain in the area have pushed the start time to 8:30 a.m. on Monday, where 36-holes will be played.
This year's Dolphins enter with the lowest scoring average in program history and face challenges that include schools ranked in the top-30 in the nation according to Golfstat/ Golfweek rankings with No. 26/ 27 North Florida and No. 24/ 30 Kennesaw State. No. 94/ 98 Jacksonville is pitted against Lipscomb in the opening round.
Head coach Mike Blackburn will send out freshman Raul Pereda, Franck Medale, Brett McKinnon, Colin Monagle and Nick Torrance to the Chateau Elan Legends Course. Medale has a tournament title in the bag, while Monalge has a runner-up finish. Pereda, McKinnon and Torrance all have placed in the top-16 of the individual leaderboards during the season.
The scoring average of the 2015 Dolphins is the lowest in program history at 293.27. Second, the 2005-06 team at 293.56 with the likes of Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart, who claimed the conference title that same year.
"Everybody on our team has put up really good numbers this year," said Blackburn of his lineup that all has placed in the top-20 this season. "Having said that we haven't always put those up at the same time. Teams may be not have as high of expectations on us so I echo to the group let's go out there free swinging and see what happens."
TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS
What: 34th Annual Atlantic Sun Men's Golf Championship
When: Sunday, April 19 through Tuesday, April 21
Where: The Legends Club
Teams competing (8-teams): Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb, Northern Kentucky, Stetson, North Florida, USC Upstate, Jacksonville and Kennesaw State
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