TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Guided by a career-best round from freshman Michael Sakane and rounds under 70 from three members of the Jacksonville University men's golf team's five-man squad, the team took home second place at the 2018 Seminole Intercollegiate Sunday afternoon.
The Dolphins, ranked No. 62 in the latest GolfStat rankings, shot three-over 288 on day two of the tournament at the Golden Eagle Country Club, finishing as the runners-up in the event (11 under, 278+287+288=853). JU battled back-and-forth with James Madison for the duration of the round, edging the Dukes by a single stroke thanks to a Sakane birdie on the final hole of the par-72 6965 yard course.
Senior Raul Pereda (69+73+70=212) took home his second-best finish of the season thus far, carding two-under 70 in the final flight to finish tied for fifth individually, joining Sakane and Florida State's Harry Ellis.
Sakane landed in the top-10 for the first time in his collegiate career, holding the lead on multiple occasions throughout the final round. After carding a personal-best of four-under 68 in Saturday's first round, the Japan native concluded the competition in alongside , completing a 54-hole low of three-under 212 (68+71+73).
Senior Elliott Fullalove (72+70+75=217) and sophomore Eduardo Carrete (73+74+70=217) each shot one round under par on the weekend, and joined three other golfers in a tie for 21st place. Freshman Aaeri Krishnan carded under 70 in a round for the second time ever, wrapping up the tournament three over 219 (69+73+77).
The team's second place finish marks the second time is has finished as a runner-up in tournament play this season, and its third finish in the top-2. JU Took home the trophy at the Bridgestone Stroke Play in September 2017, and placed second at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate the following month. The result marks the team's best-ever finish by rank at the Seminole Intercollegiate, improving upon seventh place finishes in each of the previous two seasons.
Host team No. 20 Florida State took home the trophy following the conclusion of the tournament. The only team ranked in the top-25 to compete, the Seminoles shot an event-low 18 under 270 in the second round, finishing 20 under 844 (287+270+287). FSU Freshman John Pak took home individual medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career, carding eight under 208 to edge out a trio of second-place finishers by three strokes.
After competing in tournaments over each of the last three weeks, Jacksonville men's golf will have a two week break before picking back up in mid-march. The Dolphins will stay close to home in their next tournament, competing in the John Hayt Invitational at the Sawgrass Country Club from March 17-19.