Dolphins Return To Action For The Hayt Invitational

Dolphins Return To Action For The Hayt Invitational

The John Hayt Invitational
Location: Sawgrass Country Club
Course: 6,966 yards, par 72
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Sunday, March 18 & Monday, March 19
Live Results: Golfstat.com

Tee Times:

Round 1: Sunday, March 18 (9:05 a.m. – 9:37 a.m. double tee)
Round 2: Sunday, March 18 (after Round 1)
Round 3: Monday, March 19 (7:45 a.m. double tee)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Returning from a three-week hiatus from spring play, the Jacksonville University men's golf team will take the course once again this weekend. The Dolphins will stay close to home, heading to the Sawgrass Country Club to play in The Hayt Invitational for the 11th time in school history.

"We are thrilled to get back into play, and always enjoy heading to Sawgrass Country Club," Head Coach Mike Blackburn said. "UNF always puts on a great event, and I'm excited to see how the boys will handle the field."

After being held at Queen's Harbor Country Club for eight years, The Hayt Invitational moved to Ponte Vedra Beach's Sawgrass Country Club in 2000. The club's oceanside course gained its reputation as the home of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Championship from 1977-81, when the course, along with the treacherous winds of Sawgrass, tested the greatest players of all time.

The Tournament will begin Sunday at 7:45 a.m. with a double tee start, with the second round immediately following the conclusion of the first. Jacksonville is slated to tee off from hole one beginning at 9:03 a.m. alongside UCF and North Texas. The final round will start Sunday at 7:45 a.m., and the award ceremony will take place Monday afternoon following its conclusion. Live stats are available for all three rounds of tournament play on GolfStat.

JU was tabbed at the No. 60 team in the country, in the latest GolfStat rankings released on March 14. The Dolphins return to play following a second place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate on Feb. 24-25 in Tallahassee, Fla. The team finished two-under 853 (278+287+288) in the tournament, shooting its fourth round of under-280 golf of the season in the first flight.

Senior No. 82 Raul Pereda and freshman Michael Sakane enter the weekend after each took home a top-10 finish at the Golden Eagle Country Club three weeks ago. The pair tied for fifth in the field, making the highest finish ever for Sakane, and the second top-10 mark of the year for Pereda. The rookie carded a personal-best of four-under 69 in the first round, en-route to a 54-hole low of three-under 212 (68+71+73). Following the conclusion of the tournament, both received honors for their performances, sharing ASUN Golfer of the Week on March 1.

The 'Phins' five man team also includes Senior Elliott Fullalove, Sophomore Eduardo Carrete, and freshman Aaeri Krishnan. Junior Sam Uhland will enter the competition as an individual. Fullalove and Carrete have seen action in every competition thus far, with both finishing the Seminole Intercollegiate tied for 21st place, shooting one-under 217. Krishnan enjoyed success in the first round of competition in Tallahassee, carding a three-under 69, marking the just second time he has gone under 70 in a round this season. Uhland last competed in the SunTrust Gator Invitational from Feb. 17-18, carding under 70 in a round for the third time this season during the first outing.

JU returns to The Hayt for the eight straight year, and will look to follow up a program-best second place finish last season. After sitting in eight place of the field of 15 after day one, the Dolphins used top-10 finishes from Uhland (T-9) and then-senior David Wicks (T-2) to move up six spots in the final two rounds. The team carded a three-round total of 874 to finish three strokes behind host team and ASUN rival North Florida.

This year's tournament field features three top-25 and six top-50 squads out of the 15 competing, with 11 golfers ranked in the individual top-100 entering. The Ospreys will look to defend their 2017 title, and arrive as the only team in the field that has previously won the event, claiming the title twice in the last five seasons. No. 7 Auburn enters as the highest-ranked squad in the tournament, having claimed the top spot in its last two competitions, the All-American and the Tiger Invitational.

The Field (by order of GolfStat rankings released on March 14, 2018)

#7 Auburn
#24 North Carolina
#25 North Florida
#39 Louisville
#43 Purdue
#49 Tennessee
#55 North Texas
#57 Liberty
#58 Central Florida
#60 Jacksonville
#70 Washington
#76 Lipscomb
#100 Coastal Carolina
#101 West Virginia
#141 Furman