by: Chris Webb
Valdosta State University golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the season finishing 9th at the fourth annual Jay Jennison Memorial at The Palencia Club.
The Blazers shot a collective 26-over par 890 for the three round event hosted by Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.
The host Saints won the team championship shooting a 1-over par 865.
Queens University (N.C.) finished second shooting a 12-over par 876, then closely following behind in third was Georgia College who finished with a 23-over par 877 for the event.
Alex Weare of Queens (N.C.) finished with the individual title for the event after carding a 4-under par 212.
VSU showed a very promising debut with four of the five golfers finishing in the top 42.
Austin McNiell lead the way with a second round 71, finishing with a 3-over 219 good enough to finish tied for 15th.
Freshman Florian Schmiedel shot a 72 in the second round while shooting a 5-over par 221 finishing tied for 22nd.
Top qualifier John Fordham finished the event tied for 31st with an 8-over par 224, Alex Jones shot a second round 73 finishing tied for 42nd with an eleven-over 227.
Wheaton Hall rounds out the Blazers this week shooting a respectful 13-over 229 finishing him tied for 56th.
The Blazers posted solid scores the whole tournament with single round scores ranging from 71 to 78.
Valdosta State looks to build upon their early season top 10 next week teeing off next Monday, September 30 at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational.
The event will be held at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga.