Men’s golf finishes strong at Sea Best Invitational

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The Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, known for its PGA events, played host to the Sea Best Invitational. The tournament featured 16 collegiate teams this past week, including host Jacksonville University.

Players from the 16 teams competed in three rounds through two days forcing the players to scramble to finish the second round on Monday. Darkness fell leaving only a couple holes left for each of the 16 teams.

The Dolphins, who in round one were led by a 77 from Prem Samritpricha and a 79 from Colin Monagle, carded a first round total of 321 and sat at +24 for the second round when play was halted, according to Golf Stat Results.

Monagle continued his good play from round one and was at 2-over par for the second round when play was halted. At the day’s end, Liberty University held a seven shot lead over UNF, with the Dolphins sitting at 14th out of 16 teams.

Day two brought a drastic turn around for the Dolphins. Led once again by Colin Monagle who shot a 1-under 71, and was matched by Connor Salanger’s 1-under 71, the Dolphins were able to climb 5 spots into a tie for ninth with ETSU, according to Golf Stat Results.

The Dolphins carded a final round score of 294, which was second only to ECU. Salanger’s round was highlighted by four birdies on the front nine alone.

Monagle, who led the team with a three round total of 223, had three birdies and two bogeys in his final round effort. The strong showing in the final round moved Monagle up 13 spots on the individual leaderboard and landed him in a tie for ninth place.

At the end of the tournament, Liberty beat out UNF for the team title by winning in a playoff format. Adam Padova of UNF and Greg Yates of Texas A&M, both posted a three round total of 216 to take individual medals.

The JU Dolphins return to action on February 15th to compete in the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, hosted by the Florida Gators.

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