Duke’s Low Round Helps Top-Ranked Hawks Take Team Lead At Jekyll Island Invitational


By Adam Bagni

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. ---- Behind a collegiate-best round of four-under par 68 by freshman Mack Duke, the top-ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team fired a seven-under par 281 on Saturday and will enter the final round with a three stroke lead at the Jekyll Island Invitational, being played on the par 72, 6,521 yard Oleander Course of the Jekyll Island Golf Course.

The Hawks, who have a two-day total of 578, lead Methodist by three strokes. Oglethorpe is third, six strokes behind Huntingdon, while Illinois Wesleyan and Trinity round out the top five.

On the day, all four rounds counted by the Hawks were even par or better. Making the feat even more impressive is the average per round score of 79.24 strokes per round during the tournament.

Duke fired a three-under par 33 on his first nine holes and followed that up with a one-under on his final nine en route to the four-under par 68. Duke is tied for the individual lead with Josh Cumming of Greensboro with a two-day total of 141

Sophomore Chase Blaich made the biggest improvement between rounds for Huntingdon, shaving seven strokes off his opening round and shooting a two-under 70 in round two. Blaich is currently tied for ninth in the 150-man field.

Fellow sophomore J.P. Kircher is in sixth place, following a one-under 71 in round two, while junior Cody Causey is one stroke behind and in seventh place, after carding an even-par round of 72. Sophomore Chase Rogers rounded out the scoring for the Hawks with a 74 and is tied for 19th.

The final round of the Jekyll Island Invitational will be played on Sunday on the Oleander Course.


1. Huntingdon – 297, 281 - 578

t-1. Mack Duke – 73, 68 - 141

6. J.P Kircher – 74, 71 - 145

7. Cody Causey – 74, 72 - 146

t-9. Chase Blaich -77, 70 - 147

t-19. Chase Rogers – 76, 74 - 150

2. Methodist – 296, 285 - 581

3. Oglethorpe – 292, 292 - 584

4. Ill. Wesleyan – 296, 291 - 587

5. Trinity – 301, 306 - 607

6. Rhodes – 309, 300 - 609

7. Greensboro – 302, 310, 612

8. Christopher Newport – 303, 301 - 614

9. Transylvania – 308, 307 – 615

10. Emory – 309, 308 - 617

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