Men and Women’s Golf in Action

Kyle Nanton

Photo Courtesy of JU Athletics

The Men’s golf team showcased their talents this past weekend at the Linger Longer Invitational at Reynolds Plantation. In the first round of match play on Sunday, March 27, JU struggled posting a 21-over par and shooting an overall 309. This was due to a weak finish to the day, and caused them to be tied for 12th by the end of the first round.

The Great Waters Course at the invitational was a little more generous to the golf team in the second round.

The Dolphins were led by Jamey Salmon who personally jumped up 23 spots after shooting a one-under 71. JU shot a 292 in this round and moved into 10th place after day two of action.

In the final day of action Tuesday, March 29, junior Bobby Fredeking brought his big boy clubs to the invitational. He carded a three under par 69, with three birdies and 15 pars to piece together his best performance of the year. The team as a whole shot a 14-over par, 302, and this caused them to drop one spot to finish 11th overall. Senior Gavin Frost had the second best outing for JU carding a three-over par 75. JU head coach Mike Blackburn discussed what the team needs to work on for its next match play.

“We’re going to look at how we finish rounds this week because we have lost a lot of shots in the last few holes this week,” Blackburn said.

The Dolphins will try to fix their late match woes on April 8 when they participate in the River Landing Intercollegiate.

The Women’s Golf team played at the inaugural World Golf Village Intercollegiate on April 3 and 4. In the first round JU was on a tear. The Lady Fins shot a strong 309, and locked down second place after day one. Kristen Boettcher carried the Dolphins shooting a 75, and a 79.

In the second round JU wasn’t as successful, posting a 330 and dropping 5 spots to seventh place. Daytona State led the field after two rounds on the Slammer & Squire Golf Course.

The final day of action was canceled due to storms in the area. This caused Daytona State to take the early crown at the WGV Intercollegiate. Senior Meghan Hughes talked about the event that was cut short.

“We played solid in the first round, but didn’t really come through as good as we wanted to in the second round, I just really wish we could have played the final round to redeem our top half positioning,” Hughes said.

The Fins get back to it on April 11 for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at Victoria Hills Country Club.