JACKSONVILLE – With a career-low seven-under-par 65 in the first round of the GolfWeek Program Challenge, Raul Pereda sits atop the individual leaderboard. He and the rest of the Jacksonville University men's golf team are in second place, just three strokes behind first-place Campbell University.
"Good round for us, with five guys at par or better," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "It was a breakout day for Raul, his lowest competitive score. A score of 65 is not an everyday thing, but it's also not a surprise from him. Overall I think everyone is playing pretty well."
Pereda's 65 has him one stroke ahead of three golfers that are all tied for second. The junior from Cordoba, Mexico, had birdies on the third, fourth, seventh, ninth, 10th, 15th, and 17th holes. David Wicks, the defending individual champion of the GolfWeek Program Challenge, is tied for 12th after one round with three-under-par 69. The senior from Bexhill, England, had pars on three, four, six, and nine, but bogeyed on 10 before closing with par finishes. The newest member of the Dolphins, Elliott Fullalove, carded two-under-par 70 to tie for 20th. Ryan Jahn is tied for 26th at one-under-par 71, and Sam Uhland finished even-par to tie for 35th.
Campbell sits atop the team leaderboard at 16-under-par 272, three strokes ahead of JU. The Dolphins carded 275, 13-under-par. James Madison is in third place with 11-under-par 277, Gardner-Webb is fourth at 10-under-par 278, and Houston Baptist and Mercer are tied for fifth with eight-under-par 280.
Uhland will tee off first for the Dolphins at 9:00 a.m., followed by Jahn at 9:09 a.m., Fullalove at 9:18 a.m., Wicks at 9:27 a.m., and Pereda at 9:36 a.m.