VERO BEACH, Fla. – Tied for 15th after 18 holes in the 2017 Quail Valley Intercollegiate, the men's golf team used the second-lowest score of the day to move up five spots in the second round of play on Monday. The Dolphins are now tied for 10th heading into the final round, trailing third place Maryland by just seven strokes.
Raul Pereda and Elliott Fullalove lead the Dolphins in the individual standings, tied for 24th with cards of three-under-par 141. Pereda was under par in both rounds with 32 holes of par or better, including seven birdies. Fullalove struggled a bit in the first round, carding three-over-par 75, but rebounded with a career-best six-under-par 66 to move into a tie with Pereda. The senior from Kingswood, England, totaled 30 holes of par or better, including 11 birdies. Seven of Fullalove's birdies came in the second 18.
Sam Uhland played very consistently, going one-under-par 71 in the first round and one-over-par 73 in the second. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., is tied for 41st individually at 144, just three strokes behind Pereda and Fullalove. Uhland had 30 holes of par or better, including five birdies and an eagle on Hole #7, a Par 5.
Eduardo Carrete may have overcome the most adversity on the day. The freshman was tied for 62nd after 18 holes with a score of 76 and just 13 holes of par or better. But Carrete would not be deterred; he had only one bogey in the second round and finished the final 18 of the day with a three-under-par 69. He totaled 30 holes of par or better, including six birdies, and moved up the leaderboard into a tie for 48th, trailing Uhland by just one stroke and the Dolphin senior duo by four strokes.
Michael Sakane, tied with Fullalove after the first round with a score of 75, also rebounded nicely in the final round of the day with a score of 71 in the last 18. The freshman had 31 holes of par or better, including four birdies.
South Florida has a six-stroke lead after two rounds with a Monday total of 552. Notre Dame holds second with 558, and Maryland holds a tenuous one-stroke lead over Louisville and Memphis for third place at 561; the Cardinals and Tigers are tied for fourth at 562. After its incredible comeback effort in the second round, Jacksonville is just six strokes out of the Top 5 with 568.
The final round begins Tuesday at 8:00 am with a shotgun start. The forecast calls for spotty showers throughout the day with winds gusting up to 17 mph and a high near 82 degrees.