JACKSONVILLE – David Wicks and the Jacksonville University men's golf team defended their respective titles Tuesday in the final round of the GolfWeek Program Challenge. Wicks took the individual title for consecutive years with a total of 13-under-par 203, and the Dolphins repeated as team champions with a total of 32-under-par 832.
"A really good effort by everybody," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "In 15 rounds we had 13 that were par or better, so everyone played pretty solidly. I'm excited about what's in store for the 2016-17 season."
Wicks wrapped up his championship with a four-under-par 68 in the final round. The senior from Bexhill, England, had birdies on one, four, five, six, and 10. His three-round total of 203 matched his score card from last season. Raul Pereda, who set a career-best on Sunday with a seven-under-par 65, closed the invite with a total of 11-under-par 205. The junior from Cordoba, Mexico, tied for second. Ryan Jahn tied a career-best three-under-par 69 in the final round, finishing four-under-par 212 and tied for 16th. Elliott Fullalove tied for 19th in his NCAA debut with a total of three-under-par 213, and Sam Uhland tied for 37th with 217.
Jacksonville won the tournament and set a new program best for three-round total with a score of 32-under 832. The previous best of 834 was set at the GolfWeek Program Challenge last season. Campbell finished second with a score of 836, Gardner-Webb and James Madison tied for third with 842 apiece, and Mercer came in fifth with 844.
Jacksonville returns to action Monday at the Bridgestone Match Play in Braselton, Ga. At the 2015 Bridgestone the Dolphins took home the team title and Wicks won the individual championship.