CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Tied for second after the first round thanks to a resilient 18-hole performance from Eduardo Carrete, Jacksonville University solidified its hold on second place and made up some ground on first place team and host North Carolina in the second round thanks to the veteran performances of Raul Pereda and Elliott Fullalove.
"Overall it was a good day," said Head Coach Mike Blackburn. "Ed played great, especially in that first round, and I was very impressed by Raul's 65 in the second, which tied a career best for him. Uhland had only one bogey in the first 18, Elliott was solid, and Aaeri continues to impress. Michael, who is competing as an individual for us, showed incredible resiliency and mental toughness after a rough start. He started with a nine on his first hole, and then was two-under-par the rest of the day.
The best news from the first day is that while we played well, it's certainly not the best we can do."
Pereda used a career-best nine-under-par 135 to move up the individual leaderboard into a tie for third. The senior from Cordoba, Mexico, had already turned in an admirable first round of two-under-par 70 in the first 18, but stepped up his game when his team needed him to stay within range of North Carolina. Pereda shot seven-under-par 65 in the second round, tying a career-best (set at the GolfWeek Program Challenge in 2016). He had 32 holes of par or better, including 11 birdies and an eagle on Hole #6, a Par-5.
After tying for first place through the first 18 with a five-under-par 67, Carrete came back down to Earth a bit and carded an even-par 72 in the second round. The freshman from El Campanario, Mexico, is now tied for 13th overall with a two-round total of 139. He had 32 holes of par or better, including nine birdies, and finished two under on Par 4 holes.
Fullalove is currently tied for 19th after two of his best rounds as a Dolphin. The senior from Kingswood, England, finished four-under-par 140 for the day after a 69 in the first round and a 71 in the second. He had 32 holes of par or better, including eight birdies, and also finished two under on Par 4 holes.
Sam Uhland had a terrific first 18, carding a three-under-par 69, and then stumbled in the second round with three-over 75. Still, the junior from Jacksonville, Fla., finished even-par 144 for the day with 31 holes of par or better, including six birdies.
Aaeri Krishnan finished just one stroke behind Uhland at one-over-par 145, but is tied for 42nd. The freshman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had a second round of four-under-par 68 to move up 24 spots on the individual leaderboard after scoring 77 in the first. Krishnan had 29 holes of par or better, including all 18 in the second round. He had seven birdies on the day.
Michael Sakane, competing as an individual, trails Krishnan by one stroke at two-over-par 146. The freshman from Setegaya, Japan, started the day with a quadruple bogey, and then parred-out the rest of the round to stay at just four over. He then hit four birdies in the second round enroute to a two-under-par 70. Sakane had 29 holes of par or better, including six birdies and an eagle on Hole #13, a Par 5.
North Carolina currently sits atop the team standings with a six-stroke lead over Jacksonville. The Tar Heels have 31-under 545, and the Dolphins have 25-under 551, a new two-round record for JU. Campbell trails JU by seven strokes in third place with 558, Virginia Tech is fourth at 561, and Coastal Carolina rounds out the Top Five with 562.
The final round starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning with a shotgun start. Carrete will tee off on Hole #1, as will Pereda. Fullalove will start on Hole #2, Uhland will begin at Hole #3, and Krishnan will tee off on Hole #4. Sakane will start the day on Hole #17. Weather for tomorrow's penultimate 18 holes will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and a high around 79 degrees.