CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Finishing five spots higher on the team leaderboard than it did last season, Jacksonville University's men's golf team wrapped the final 18 holes of the 2017 Tar Heel Intercollegiate by taking home second place. The Dolphins had the fifth-best 54-hole performance in program history, totaling 838 after three rounds to finish 26 under par.
Raul Pereda had the best Dolphin individual finish, coming in fifth place with a three-round total of 205. The senior from Cordoba, Mexico, used 48 holes of par or better, including 15 birdies and an eagle, to tie a career-best 54-hole total. Pereda finished three-under-par on Par 4 holes and nine-under-par on Par 5 holes. He was briefly one-over-par in the final round after bogeying the fourth and fifth holes, but rebounded nicely with birdies on the 11th, 13th, and 16th holes.
After tying for first place through the first 18 with a five-under-par 67, Eduardo Carrete tied for 12th individually with a 54-hole total of six-under-par 210. The freshman from El Campanario, Mexico, played under par in the first and final rounds, and was even-par in the second 18. He had 47 holes of par or better, including 13 birdies.
Elliott Fullalove recorded his best finish since the 2016 Quail Valley Intercollegiate last October, totaling 213 through three rounds. The senior from Kingswood, England, tied for 23rd with a 69 in the first round, a 71 in the second, and a 73 in the final. He had 47 holes of par or better, including 10 birdies, and also finished two under on Par 4 holes.
Sam Uhland had 46 holes of par or better, including six birdies and an eagle, to finish 43rd overall with a card of 217. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., followed up bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes with an eagle on the Par 5 sixth hole to get back down to even-par, and finished one over in the final 18 on Sunday.
Aaeri Krishnan tied for 55th after recording 44 holes of par or better, including seven birdies, to total 222 in his second tournament as a Dolphin. The freshman from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, played a blemish-less second round with no bogeys and scored 68 in the round.
Michael Sakane, competing as an individual, tied for 49th individually with a three-round score of 220. The freshman from Setegaya, Japan, started Saturday 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. In the finale Sakane carded a 74, finishing with a 54-hole total of 43 holes of par or better, including nine birdies and an eagle on Hole #13, a Par 5.
North Carolina, the host of the tournament, won the 2017 event with a total of 49-under-par 815. Jacksonville came in second at 26-under-par 838, the fifth-best finish in team history. 2016 champ UNCW came in third with a three-round total of 843, Maryland finished one stroke behind at 844, and Coastal Carolina rounded out the Top 5 at 847.
The Dolphins wrap the fall season Oct. 23 & 24 at the 2017 Quail Valley Intercollegiate, hosted at Quail Valley Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla.