Men’s Golf Places 11th at SunTrust Gator Invitational

Kyle Nanton

The Jacksonville University Men’s Golf team had a busy weekend, as they competed at the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Mark Bostick Golf Course.

On the first day of action, Saturday Feb. 12, the dolphins shot a 30-over par, and an overall 310 in the opening round. They quickly cleaned up their act in the second round by shooting 21-over par, and a 301. The fins were led by Junior Bobby Fredeking who shot an even par in the first round but then recorded a six-over par 76 in round two, tying for 25th after 36 holes. JU Men’s Golf Head Coach Mike Blackburn commented on his team’s first two rounds.

“We didn’t play as well as we liked today, but we kept fighting, this is a great learning experience for our guys as we continue to build this spring,” Blackburn said.

Top-Ranked University of Florida led the 14-team Invitational at the end of two rounds shooting three-over par.

The Final round of action continued the next day on Feb. 13, as the fins were once again by Fredeking’s strong play. He carded a one-under par, 69, to place 11th in the event. His performance shot the dolphins up the ranks on the final day due to a 10-over par outing by JU. This helped pass the likes of Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Mississippi State. Sophomore Trey Douglas carded a five-over par 75, which was his best outing of the event.

“The team chemistry is as high as it’s ever been; we’ve got a great schedule with tons of opportunity,” Douglas said. “We hope to compete with the best teams in the nation and win the conference title.”

JU hopes to build on their solid finish, during their next outing Feb. 27 at the John Hayt Intercollegiate at Sawgrass Country Club.