BATON ROUGE, La. – Jacksonville University stepped up to the challenge Monday in the first day of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, just the second appearance in a men's golf regional in program history. The Dolphins are currently in sixth place, trailing fifth-place Kentucky by two strokes. The top five programs and the best individual not on those teams advance from the Baton Rouge Regional to the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Raul Pereda paced the Dolphins with a one-under-par 71, tying for eighth individually. The junior from Cordoba, Mexico, had 15 holes of par or better in the first round, including an eagle on the sixth hole and birdies on the 15th and 17th holes. David Wicks and Sam Uhland tied for 22nd with scores of two-over-par 74. Wicks had 14 holes of par or better, including four birdies, and Uhland had 13 holes of par or better, including four birdies. Ryan Jahn and Elliott Fullalove both trail Wicks and Uhland by a stroke, tied for 32nd with three-over-par 75. Jahn had 13 holes of par or better, including two birdies, and Fullalove had 14 holes of par or better, including two birdies.
Tournament host LSU leads the team standings with 276, six strokes ahead of second place Virginia at 282. Oregon is third with 287, Duke is fourth at 291, and Kentucky is fifth at 292. JU has 294 in sixth.
The second round will start at 8:20 a.m. for the Dolphins with Fullalove teeing off at the first green. He'll be followed in 11-minute increments by Jahn, Uhland, Wicks, and Pereda until 9:04 a.m.
The weather forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures around 75 at tee time warming up to 86 degrees by 2 p.m.