Belden, Parker Lead Wildcats After Day One at JU Invitational

Feb. 8, 2010

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Junior Brian Belden and freshman Chase Parker currently sit in the top 40, leading the Kentucky men’s golf team, when play was suspended halfway through the first round at the Jacksonville University Invitational on Monday.

Belden and Parker each shot a 14-over-par to lead the Wildcats before play was suspended in the second round due to darkness. Belden only has one hole left to play, while Parker has four holes left in the second round. The conclusion of the second round will resume on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET, with the third round starting immediately following the finish of the second round. 

Playing on the famed PLAYERS Stadium course at the TPC at Sawgrass, Belden shot a team-best 8-over-par 80 in the first 18 holes. The native of Emmaus, Pa., posted three birdies in the first rounds and currently sits at 14-over-par for the tournament.

Parker finished the first 18 holes at 9-over-par with an 81 but has played better golf on the second 18 holes, carding a 5-over-par. The native of Augusta, Ga., has parred eight of the last nine holes he has played with his only slipup being a bogey on the par-4 seventh hole.

Seniors Ben Fuqua and Jordan Blann sit in the top 60 at the tournament. Fuqua is tied for 43rd in the tournament with two holes to play in the second round. The native of Danville, Ky., scored 9-over-par in the first round with four birdies. The senior played improved in the second round, posting a 6-over-par in 16 holes.

Blann, who won the Kentucky Golf Association Amateur Player of the Year award this summer, shot a 10-over-par 82 in the first round with two birdies. The native of Bowling Green, Ky., has three holes to play in the second round. The senior sits in a tie for 55th position at 19-over-par for the tournament.

Junior James Kania is in a tie for 71st at the tournament. The native of Haverford, Pa., posted a 16-over par in the first round and is at 10-over-par in the second round with three holes to go.

Overall, Kentucky is in 12th with a score of 62-over-par. East Tennessee State, Clemson and Wake Forest sit one, two and three in the standings, respectively.