Event: Dual Match with Lipscomb University
Location: Legends Course at Chateau Elan
Course: Par 72, 7,032 yards
Location: Braselton, Ga.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Order of Events: (36 holes)
- Best Ball
- Alternate Shot
- 18-Hole Individual Matches
BRASELTON, Ga. – For the first time in recent memory, the Jacksonville University men's golf team will embark on a season campaign in the month of August. Looking to build on back-to-back NCAA Regional Appearances in 2017 & 2018, the Dolphins head to the site of the 2019 ASUN Conference Championship to begin the first of 11 regular season events they will enroll in as part of their 2018-19 slate.
JU will tee off Thursday against conference foe Lipscomb University in a dual match at the prestigious Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga., where the last nine conference championships have been held.
"This is a perfect event to kick off our season," Head Coach Mike Blackburn said. "The Legends Course at Chateau Elan is a wonderful golf course, and its gives us the chance to play some competitive rounds at the site of the ASUN Championship in the spring."
As part of the 36-hole competition with the Bisons, the morning will feature three two-man teams from each school playing nine holes of best ball, followed by nine holes of alternate shot competition, with each match being worth one point. The event will conclude with six 18-hole individual matches in the afternoon.
The Dolphins compete in the first of two scheduled dual match competitions against Conference opponents before opening tournament play September 16-18 at the Golf Week Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Coming off a third-place finish in the 2017 ASUN Championship in Braselton, the Dolphins return six of nine players from last year's roster, including four that competed in over 50 percent of the team's events during the 2017-18 season. This includes ASUN Freshman of the Year and ASUN All-Tournament Team selection Michael Sakane, Second-Team ASUN honoree Eduardo Carrete, ASUN All-Freshman Team member Aaeri Krishnan and ASUN All-Academic Team selection Sam Uhland.
Together, the 2017-18 squad turned in the lowest 36-hole score in school history at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (-25, 551), while displaying the second-lowest par-4 scoring (4.1454), third-lowest season scoring average (287.71) in program history and tying the best GolfStat team ranking ever reached (41). At the end of the season, the 'Phins saw a record number of players earn ASUN Postseason honors (6) and gave the program back-to-back NCAA Regional berths for the first time ever.
Joining the Dolphins for the 2018-19 season are a pair of golfers who are no strangers to winning and have been busy building up their resumes since committing to come to the River City. Junior transfer Thomas Thurloway comes to Jacksonville from the University of Toledo, where he was the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year following the 2016-17 season. During the summer, the Crawley, England native captured a pair of amateur titles in his home country, winning the prestigious Walton Heath Trophy on July 26, and capturing the 2018 England Men's Amateur Championship two weeks later. A native of John's Creek, Ga., Davis Smith help a full-time exempt status with the American Junior Golf Association led Greater Atlanta Christian School to its first-ever Georgia High School Association State Championship in 2016.
Scouting the Opposition: Lipscomb
Fresh off a runner-up finish at last year's conference championship, the Bisons head into the 2018-19 season looking to replace two-time ASUN Individual Champion, All-American Dawson Armstrong as the team's top golfer. The four-time NCAA Regional qualifier concluded his stretch as the best Lipscomb golfer on paper last spring, forgoing what would have been his fourth straight national postseason trip to turn pro following the conference tournament.
Lipscomb heads into Thursday's action with two members of the team's five-man roster that competed in last season's postseason action. Sophomores Paul Swindell and Linus Samuelsson each teed off at Chateau Elan last May, with Swindell tying for 19th and Samuelsson splitting for 23rd.