VERO BEACH – After completing the first two rounds of the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, the men's golf team of Jacksonville University sits in third place.
"This morning everyone played pretty solid," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "Even so, I was probably more pleased with the afternoon round. We were five over par after six holes, but we managed to turn it around and finish two under in that second round."
David Wicks had the lowest score in the first round, a 68, to finish four under par. Sam Uhland and Franck Medale each carded a 70 for two under par. Raul Pereda finished two over par with a 74, and Ryan Jahn scored four over par with a 76. The Dolphins scored a total of 282, just two strokes behind first place North Florida in the first round.
The second round was a bit rougher for the Dolphins. Medale put together a 68 in the second round for a two-round total of 138. He currently is tied for third overall. Uhland carded a 72 for a two-round total of 142, securing a tie for 12th. Wicks carded a 76 in the second round, totaling 144 for Monday's competition. He is tied for 18th overall with Pereda, who had a second round score of 70. Jahn had an 84 in the second round, dropping him into 73rd overall with a total of 160.
Michigan State is currently in first with a total of 565. North Texas is just one stroke behind at 566. The Dolphins are three strokes behind first place and two strokes behind second place with a total of 568. North Florida (569) and N.C. State (570) round out the Top 5. Also competing at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational are Memphis, McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Rice, UConn, Indiana, West Virginia, and South Dakota State.
"The competition was fierce this afternoon," continued Blackburn. "A couple of teams managed to hit 12 under today, but we still managed to finish the day just three back of first. I don't really have expectations for tomorrow. We try to play one hole at a time and just let it add up. If you can do that you usually play your best golf."
Jahn is scheduled to be the first Dolphin on the course with a tee time of 9:30 a.m., and he'll be followed shortly by Pereda at 9:39 a.m., Wicks at 9:48 a.m., Uhland at 9:57 a.m., and Medale at 10:06 a.m. There is a slight chance of rain tomorrow with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 85.
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