BRASELTON, Ga. – Trailing Gardner-Webb by two strokes after the first round, Jacksonville University's men's golf team came storming back in the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Tuesday, winning the event by five strokes. The Dolphins add the 2017 team title to their 2016 individual title and their 2015 individual and team titles.
Sam Uhland used the lowest score of the second round, a two-under-par 70, to move up the leaderboard from a tie for sixth in the first round to second place after 36 holes. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., totaled even-par 144 after two rounds, and 30 rounds of par or better, including birdies on six holes.
"Sam's day was definitely a highlight," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "He was five over through the first 13 holes, and played five under the rest of the day to finish even for the tournament. Our other veterans, Raul and Elliott, contributed a lot in this win, and I was very impressed by our new guys in their first official outing as a Dolphin. The great news here is we have six guys who all have the ability to shoot under par, which makes this a very strong team. And I can't leave Zach out. Accomplishing a career-best while competing as an individual is very impressive. I'm extremely proud of what these guys did today."
Newcomer Aaerishna Shahsthy also finished in the Top 10, carding four-over-par 148 in the first two rounds of his collegiate career. The freshman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had 28 holes of par or better, including five birdies, to finish tied for sixth place.
Senior Raul Pereda tied for sixth as well with four-over-par 148, recording seven birdies and 27 holes of par or better, and fellow senior Elliott Fullalove tied for 19th with eight-over-par 152. Newcomers Michael Sakane (11-over-par 155) and Eduardo Carrete (14-over-par 158) tied for 27th and 37th, respectively.
Competing as an individual, senior Zachary Alligood performed well, carding seven-over-par 151 in two rounds, tying for 15th on the individual leaderboard. The 15th place finish and the two-round total of 151 are both career bests for the Jacksonville, Fla., native.
Jacksonville won the tourney with a two-round total of 589, finishing 13-over-par. The Dolphins bested second place Gardner-Webb by five strokes. Appalachian State came in third with 599, USC Upstate finished fourth at 600, Jacksonville State snagged fifth at 601, and Presbyterian College rounded out the competing teams with 617. Georgia State and Chattanooga had student-athletes competing as individuals in the event, and Georgia State's Severin Soller took home the individual title with a two-round total of one-under-par 143.
The Dolphins return to action Oct. 7 & 8 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on the University of North Carolina's Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. JU then wraps up the fall season with the Quail Valley Invite in Vero Beach, Fla.