RICH HARVEST, Ill. - Jacksonville University's men's golf team fired a six-over-294 in the first round of NCAA Championship golf in program history. The Dolphins are 22nd with play in the first round suspended with up to eight holes remaining for some teams due to weather conditions and darkness eventually settling in.
"The boys hung in there pretty well today," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "On a day where no one seemed to have their best game, we were able to post a score that keeps us in touch with the field. Tomorrow, the afternoon group will be completing their Round 1 in the morning before starting Round 2. We're looking forward to Round 2."
ASUN Golfer of the Year David Wicks and All-ASUN Second Team member Ryan Jahn paced the Dolphins with even-par 72. The duo are tied for 41st individually. Elliott Fullalove carded 74 to finish just two strokes behind Wicks and Jahn, Elite 90 winner Sam Uhland scored 76, and Raul Pereda stroked 79.
The Dolphins were as high as seventh thanks to birdies by Fullalove on the 2nd and 8th holes, but windy conditions and inclement weather added strokes to JU's scorecard late in the round.
The Dolphins just managed to finish their round before the weather delay came down. Play eventually resumed before play was suspended again due to poor lighting conditions. Teams that still have holes left in the first round will begin the day at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. Round 2 will begin at 8:15 a.m. JU will have 36 holes to make it into the Top 15 to make the stroke play final round.
TheTop 8 teams from that round will advance to the three rounds of match play competition that will determine the team National Championship.
JU currently leads all ASUN teams competing in national championship. Kennesaw State is tied for 24th with 297, and Lipscomb is 28th with 300.