Davis Roche Makes Jacksonville Golf History With Score of 58

| December 1, 2016


VALDOSTA Valdosta State golf’s Davis Roche accomplished an astonishing feat at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club Lagoon Course when he posted a 12-under-par 58 round of golf last week in Jacksonville, Fla.

With his father Bobby in tow, Roche owned the par-70 course with 11 birdies and an eagle. He nearly added to his under-par performance on 12 of the 18 holes with a near-miss for birdie at No. 8 and a missed birdie opportunity from 30 feet away on the final hole. His only bogey of the day came at No. 6, which is a par-4.

The score of 58 marked the lowest recorded score ever achieved at a golf course in the Jacksonville, Fla. area. Roche’s performance bested two 59s achieved on the same course by Richard Ames in 1992 and Cary Splane in 2010. On alternate courses in the same area, three other 59s were recorded, the last of which came courtesy of former University of North Florida golfer Kevin Aylwin at the New Smyrna Beach Golf Club in 2013.

Roche’s historic day featured a slew of impressive shots, including a 25-foot putt for birdie on the first hole, three chip-ins for birdie on the day, and a chip-in for eagle at the par-4 No. 2.

The round that Roche’s father referred to as “a dream” resulted in a text from Ponte Vedra native and 17-time PGA tour winner Jim Furyk. Furyk, who once recorded a PGA Tour record score of 58 at the TPC River Highlands, heard of Roche’s achievement and sent him a congratulatory text.

Roche is currently in his junior season with Valdosta State and will join the Blazer squad when they return to action on February 13th at the Matlock in Lakeland, Fla. To read more, be sure to check out The Florida Times Union’s coverage of a day that Roche will never forget.

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