HARRISONBURG, Va. -- John Dozier obviously enjoys playing on the Lakeview Golf Course.
The Virginia Wesleyan College sophomore carded a 145 for the second consecutive year on the par 72, 6,500 yard course in the Tom Kinder Memorial Invitational to lead the Marlins overall. His score ties the third best 36-hold effort in VWC history and this year was good enough to land him as the runner-up overall in the tournament. Last year he placed ninth overall.
Dozier (Manakin Sabot/Mills E. Godwin)fired rounds of 72 and 73 to take the runner-up spot among 90 golfers and lead Virginia Wesleyan to a ninth place showing in the 18-team field, one of its best efforts in recent years. The Marlins shot a 312 on the first round and followed with a 315 to post a 627 overall. That was just one stroke off of an eighth place finish and five strokes off a sixth place showing.
Dozier finished only two strokes behind medalist Matt Dye (Hartwood/Mountain View), a junior from Bridgewater College. He carded a 71-72--143. Randolph-Macon College's Kyle Fuller (Richmond/Deep Run) and Roanoke College's Alex Taylor (Roanoke/Cave Spring) tied for third with a 146 each.
Rookie Caleb Martin (Charlotte/Albemarle) recorded his second strong tournament showing for the Marlins, once again carding two sub-par 80 rounds. He hit 77 on the first day and 79 on the second for a 156, tying him for 36th place overall.
Rookie Trevor Klein (Virginia Beach/Landstown) was not far off that pace, hitting a 161, produced by rounds of 81 and 80. He tied for 49th place overall. Senior Kevin Wolfe (Chesapeake/Indian River)followed with a 166 (82-84) and tied for 62nd place overall, and rookie Jordan McDavid (Duluth, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian)made his intercollegiate debut with a 169 (86-83) and tied for 72nd overall.
Hampden-Sydney College place first in the team standings with a 589 (296-293), followed by Bridgewater with a 599 (295-304) and Washington and Lee University at 603 (302-301). Teams from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennesse and Virginia competed in the tournament.
Virginia Wesleyan's next outing begins on Oct. 13 when the Marlins compete in the Virginia Intercollegiate Championship tournament. That event will be held in Winchester, Virginia, hosted by Shenandoah University.