STATESBORO, Ga. – A tournament-leading 63 pars has Jacksonville University just five strokes out of first place through the opening 18 holes of the 2017 Schenkel Invitational. The Dolphins are currently tied for eighth at 284, but first-place College of Charleston holds just a five stroke advantage (279) with 32 holes remaining.
2017 Arnold Palmer Cup European Team member David Wicks currently leads Dolphin golfers with a 68 through 18, and is tied for fourth individually. The senior from Bexhill, England, had 16 holes of par or better, including six birdies. Raul Pereda and Sam Uhland are also under par with scores of 71 through the first round, and are tied at 21st. Ryan Jahn tied for 46th with 74, and Elliott Fullalove is tied for 70th with 78.
College of Charleston is perched atop the leaderboard with 279, one stroke ahead of host Georgia Southern (280) and two strokes ahead of Iowa and Lipscomb University (281 apiece). Florida is fifth at 282, and Vanderbilt and UAB are tied for sixth at 283. Jacksonville is tied for eighth with East Tennessee State at 284.
Round two starts at 9:00 a.m. with Fullalove on the 1st hole. He'll be followed in nine minute intervals by Jahn, Uhland, Pereda, and Wicks. Partly cloudy skies are expected at tee time with temperatures around 53 degrees, but as those clouds dissipate the temperature will rise to a high of 72 by 2 p.m.