MORGANTON, N.C. – The men's golf team of Jacksonville University sits atop the leaderboard after the first day of competition at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State at the Mimosa Hills Golf Club.
"A lot of bright spots this morning," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "Each of our golfers continue to perform above and beyond what I could expect. I'm especially pleased that our team was still able to take first place with one of our best golfers, Raul Pereda, competing for Mexico at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship."
In the first round David Wicks led all scorers with a 64, the second best single-round score in Jacksonville golf history. Franck Medale, the current single-round record holder, carded a 65. Ryan Jahn scored a 71, Sam Uhland put together a 72, and Prem Samritpricha had a 78. The team's total score of 272 broke the single-round team score of 273, a record set last year at the GolfWeek Program Challenge.
The second round was a bit rougher for the Dolphins, though they managed to retain first place overall. Medale moved into first place with a second round of 71 for a total of 136. Wicks had his worst round as a Dolphin, a 75 that dropped him into a tie for fourth place with a total of 139. Uhland moved up into a tie for 13th overall with a second-round 70 for a total of 142. Jahn carded a 72 in the second round, tying for 17th overall with 143. Samritpricha rounded out the Dolphins with an 80, tying for 72nd with a total of 158.
Tanner Thompson is competing at the Ross Intercollegiate as an individual, and currently has a total of 163. He is 77th overall.
Jacksonville is first in the standings with a two-round score of 560. Appalachian State sits just behind JU with a total of 563, and Gardner-Webb is third at 568. Wofford (574) and Wingate (575) round out the Top Five. Presbyterian College, Bucknell University, Evansville, Stetson, UT Arlington, North Carolina Central, Greensboro College, and High Point are the other teams competing in Morganton.
Samritpricha tees off first for JU Tuesday morning, hitting the first hole at 9:50 a.m. Jahn will be second on the green with a 9:58 a.m. tee time, and then it's Uhland at 10:06 a.m., Wicks at 10:14 a.m., and Medale at 10:22 a.m.
There is a slight chance of rain tomorrow, but mostly sunny skies are expected with a high of 78 degrees.
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