GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Following an efficient performance in the first round, the Jacksonville University men's golf team has positioned themselves among a slew of top-25 squads in the SunTrust Gator Invitational.
JU shot -5 275 in the first round of play on the Mark Bostick Golf Course to build a foundation for success for the day. The team sits in fifth after two flights, shooting a -1 559 to fare ahead of #14 Arkansas and #27 Missouri. The 'Phins have been competitive with UCF and #25 South Florida, who edged them out by a stroke by the end of round two.
Freshman Eduardo Carrete leads the five-man squad after the first day, sitting tied for sixth in the field. The Mexico native shot a career-best 5-under 65 in the second round to move into a stalemate with three other competitors, including a pair of top-25 golfers. Senior Raul Pereda shot a 66 in the first round, birdying on six holes. After going two-over-par in round two, Pereda is tied for tenth.
#5 Vanderbilt leads the 16-team field, as they have done for the duration of the tournament. The Commodores shot 8-under on day one to finish the outing a stroke ahead of host #6 Florida. South Florida's Claudio Correa went under par in both rounds to finish six-under, leading the individual pack.
The Dolphins will be back in action for the third and final round on Sunday, Feb. 18 beginning at 8:45 a.m. JU will look to replicate a strong showing in the third flight of last year's Gator Invitational, which saw them shoot the lowest team round of the event (276) and finish in a tie for second.
Day Two Tee Times (Hole 1):