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Enrique Valverde Is Tied for Seventh Overall as Wilmington Golf Begins 2019 Fall Season at the Jay Jennison Memorial

Photo by Adam Zundell, Senior Associate Commissioner for Communications, Mountain East Conference
Photo by Adam Zundell, Senior Associate Commissioner for Communications, Mountain East Conference

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - - In its first action of the 2019-20 season, Enrique Valverde leads the Wilmington University golf team in the first two rounds of the 2019 Jay Jennison Cup, sitting in seventh overall while the team is in 13th, playing at the Palencia Club.

The Wildcats are in 13th out of 14 teams at the Jay Jennison Cup, shooting rounds of 313 and 317 to finish the first day with a 630 (+54).

The junior was second overall after the first round, shooting a 70 (-2) in the first 18 holes. Valverde leads the tournament on the par three holes, finishing the two rounds at one-under par. He is also third overall on the par-five holes, finishing the day at four-under par on the long links. Valverde is in a tie for seventh overall with scores of 70-76 for a 146 (+2) through the first two rounds.

Senior Arvy Shongwe shot even rounds of 78, sitting in a tie for 44th overall after the first day, finishing with a 156 (+12). Senior Braden McKay shot rounds of 78-82 for a 161 (17) to be in a tie for 59th overall. Senior Matthew Kettleson posted rounds of 87-81 for a 168 (+24) and is in a tie for 70th overall. Newcomer Tyler Cleaves rounded out the Wildcats on the course on Monday, shooting rounds of 86-85 for a 171 (+27) in his first collegiate competition. Cleaves is in 75th overall.

Flagler leads its own tournament after two rounds, shooting rounds of 289-297 for a 586 (+10). Belmont Abbey shot rounds of 296-294 for a 590 (+14) while West Florida rounds out the top three with a 291-300 for a 591 (+15).

West Florida's Carlos Marrero leads the tournament at three-under par through two rounds, shooting a 71-70 for a 141. Flagler's Chun Yan Leong had the lowest round of the day with a first round 69, and is in a tie for second overall after a second round 74 for a 143 (-1). He's tied with Rollins' Trystan Perkins at one-under par, rounding out the only three players under par through the two rounds.

Tuesday will feature the final round of the tournament, with a shotgun start beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Wildcats will begin on holes 15 through 18, and will be paried with Embry Riddle and the tournaments' individual players.