John Hayt Collegiate: North Florida builds on lead
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Bolstered by solid rounds from the senior duo of Kevin Phelan and Sean Dale, the No. 25-ranked North Florida men's golf team doubled their lead Monday at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational despite delays, gusty winds and rain at Sawgrass Country Club.

Phelan and Dale both carded rounds of five-under 67 in leading the Ospreys to a five-under team score of 283 in round two of the Hayt Invitational. UNF leads the team competition by 12 strokes with a 36-hole total of 559 (-17), which matches the tournament record.

For the second consecutive day Phelan set a new Hayt Invitational record posting a two-day total of 131, five shots better than the previous mark of 136 carded by UNF Hall of Famer David Bennett in 2001. Phelan heads into the final round with a four-shot advantage over Dale and his two round tally of 135.

"We had some amazing play from our seniors on a very challenging day," said UNF head coach Scott Schroeder. "That is the way seniors should lead your team to a good round and in contention for a tournament victory. We need to get some rest though because tomorrow looks to be another tough battle against a talented field along with more rain and wind. It is going to take a strong focus to play well in the final round."

Joining Phelan and Dale among the Top 20 individuals is freshman Joe Stepnes and sophomore MJ Maguire. Stepnes, who is playing as an individual, is in sixth place with a score of 141 while Maguire sits in a tie for 18th at 145. Rounding out the Osprey lineup for the event are sophomore Joey Petronio tied for 43rd (150) and redshirt freshman Taylor Hancock tied for 81st (159).

Other UNF golfers competing in the event as individuals include Austin Padova (T-59th/153), Taylor Johnson (T-63rd/154), Pete Kellerman (T-63rd/154) and Joey Marino (T-71st/156).

The Ospreys, looking for just their third Hayt Invitational title, are up double digits on a field that features 11 teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally. No. 11 Duke is the only other team under par owning a total of 571 (-5). No. 45 UCF is third at 585 followed by No. 14 Arkansas (587), No. 33 North Texas (587), No. 7 Florida (587), No. 12 LSU (587), No. 38 Tulsa (589), No. 48 Coastal Carolina (591), Jacksonville (591), No. 22 Tennessee (592), UAB (592), Mercer (599), No. 44 Ole Miss (610) and Furman (613).

Tournament action at the Hayt Invitational concludes Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. North Florida will begin play on holes one and two and paired with Duke and UCF.

ABOUT THE John Hayt Collegiate Invitational

54 hole men's college tournament hosted by the University of North Florida. Team (best four scores of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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