Dolphins Overcome North Florida At Pablo Creek

Dolphins Overcome North Florida At Pablo Creek

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Competing in its first action of 2018, the Jacksonville University men's golf team came out on top over River City rival North Florida on Monday. The Dolphins defeated the Ospreys in match play competition at the Pablo Creek Golf Club in Jacksonville, winning 6.5-5.5 after three events.

"The Pablo Creek match play event is a great way for us to kick off the spring season," Head coach Mike Blackburn said. "It's a great facility to play at, and UNF provides great competition."

The day began with nine holes of best ball between the two squads, which UNF won, 2.5-0.5. The Dolphins rebounded in the afternoon, taking the nine-hole alternate shot portion of the event by a score of 2-1. JU wrapped up the victory over the 27th ranked Ospreys with a 4-2 victory in 18 holes on the Pablo Creek course.

"The boys fought hard all day long, and we were fortunate enough to come out on top, so we couldn't be happier," Blackburn added.

The win marks the second tournament victory for the team this season, having already placed first in the Bridgestone Invitational back in September 2017. JU has now won both River City Rumble competitions that have been held at Pablo Creek, having also taken last year's match play tournament over the Ospreys.

JU men's golf will now prepare for the season's marquee event, as they host the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The tournament, hosted annually by the Dolphins, will bring some of collegiate golf's finest competition to the Sunshine State, with four teams currently ranked in the top 25 scheduled to attend. Rounds one and two will be held on Monday, Feb. 5, while the final round will tee off the following day.

1. UNF (Andrew Alligood/Jordan Batchelor) def. JU (Michael Sakane/Sam Uhland), 2&1
2. UNF (Dillon Woods/Travis Trace) def JU (Elliott Fullalove/Aaeri Krishnan), 3&2
3. UNF (Michael Mattiace/Philip Knowles) vs JU (Raul Pereda/Eduardo Carrete), Halved

1. UNF (Andrew Alligood/Jordan Batchelor) vs JU (Michael Sakane/Sam Uhland), Halved
2. JU (Elliott Fullalove/Aaeri Krishnan) def. UNF (Dillon Woods/Travis Trace), 2&1
3. UNF (Michael Mattiace/Philip Knowles) vs JU (Raul Pereda/Eduardo Carrete), Halved

1. JU (Elliott Fullalove) def. UNF (Travis Trace), 2&1
2. JU (Aaeri Krishnan) def UNF (Jordan Batchelor), 2&1
3. JU (Sam Uhland) def. UNF (DIllon Woods), 2&1
4. UNF (Michael Mattiace) def. JU (Michael Sakane), 3&2
5. JU (Eduardo Carrete) def. UNF (Philip Knowles), 4&3
6. UNF (Andrew Alligood) def. JU (Raul Pereda), 3&2