CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Due to terminal thunderstorms and scheduled rain for the remainder of Tuesday, the final round of the 2018 GolfWeek Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been called off, shortening the event to a 36-hole affair.
Making their inaugural trip to the event, the Jacksonville University men's golf team was set to tee off from holes 4, 5 and 6 in a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. EST this morning along with 15 other NCAA Division 1 conference representatives, but never took the course due to inclement weather.
Following the abbreviation, the Dolphins finished their first tournament showing of the 2018-19 season tied with San Jose State for fourth place (-3, 573). The result comes after the team opened the Challenge in second place with a -7, 281, and then shot +4, 292 in the second round.
Making his tournament debut in the green and gold, transfer junior Thomas Thurloway (-5, 139) placed in a three-way tie for second place individually after 36 holes, giving the Crawley, England native the best finish of his collegiate career. The former Toledo University product split with Iowa's Alex Schaake and Arkansas State's Joel Wendin for the runner up spot.
After turning in a pair of top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign, sophomore Michael Sakane (-3, 141) rode a stellar second round performance (-3, 69) to a tie for ninth place after two rounds, standing alongside golfers from Jacksonville State, Southern Illinois and UCLA.
Junior Eduardo Carrete clubbed a pair of +2, 73 rounds to conclude his showing at +2, 146, landing in a knot for 32nd place. Senior Sam Uhland also finished in a tie, carding -2, 70 in the opening round to finish +4, 148 on the week, splitting for 47th. Sophomore Aaeri Krishnan (+13, 157) rounded out the 'Phins five-man squad, finishing in 82nd.
For the first time in the history of the GolfWeek Conference Challenge, a non-Power 5 school took home the team trophy. After building a tremendous lead after the first round of play, the Red Wolves of Arkansas State University followed suit on Monday, carding a tournament-best -12, 276 to finish -23, 553 on the week. The Sun Belt Conference representative's breakout performance was helped along by junior Julien Sale, who topped the individual leaderboard by shooting -8, 136.
Following the Dolphins' rare midwest outing, the team will take the rest of the month off before continuing fall competition at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C. on October 6-7.