Round 1: Saturday, February 18 (8:00 a.m. shotgun start)
Round 2: Saturday, February 18 (after Round 1)
Round 3: Sunday, February 19 (8:00 a.m. double tee)
Course: 6,701-yard, Par-70
The Field in GolfStat Rankings Order: #2 Florida, #12 Wake Forest, #29 Arkansas, #30 Florida State, #31 Liberty, #33 North Florida, #35 Missouri, #38 Jacksonville, #44 College of Charleston, #51 UCF, #63 North Texas, #72 South Florida, #74 Troy, #79 UAB, #103 Georgia Southern
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Following one of the best finishes at the Sea Best Invitational in the history of the event, the Jacksonville University men's golf team returns to action Saturday in the SunTrust Gator Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida.
The 54-hole tournament will be played on Mark Bostick Course at the University of Florida. The 6,701-yard, par-70 course, normally considered short by today's standards, received a $4 million renovation project in 2001 by Jacksonville-based architect Bobby Weed that transformed the contour of the landscape, creating a course that is both physically and mentally challenging.
The SunTrust Gator Invitational will start Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start, and the second round will start immediately after the conclusion of the first round. The third round of the tournament will begin Sunday morning at 8.
Of the 15 teams competing in the event, nine rank in the Top 50 in NCAA GolfStat rankings, including #2 Florida, #12 Wake Forest, #29 Arkansas, #30 Florida State, #31 Liberty, #33 North Florida, #35 Missouri, #38 Jacksonville, and #44 College of Charleston. Other teams competing at the event include #51 UCF, #63 North Texas, #72 South Florida, #74 Troy, #79 UAB, and #103 Georgia Southern.
Jacksonville's five-man team at the Sea Best will consist of David Wicks, Raul Pereda, Ryan Jahn, Elliott Fullalove, and Sam Uhland. Last season the Dolphins finished fifth with an 836 (271+281+284) after leading the event through the first 18 holes.
Scattered thunderstorms are possible all day Saturday with a high of 76 degrees, and a high of 81 is forecasted for Sunday with partly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of showers.