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UNF’s Dale injures knee; return unknown

North Florida's Sean Dale
North Florida's Sean Dale ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Another knee injury is threatening to disrupt Sean Dale’s breakout season.

The North Florida redshirt junior, who this season has ascended to No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings on the strength of a victory and three other top-10 finishes, withdrew from this week’s JU Invitational because of a right-knee injury. (The Ospreys went on to finish third.) Before pulling out of the event, Dale shot rounds of 80-77 on the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, but was having difficulty walking the course.

That’s disconcerting news for the fifth-ranked Ospreys. In fall 2010, during a routine training run, Dale landed awkwardly on his left leg, hyperextended his knee and suffered a deep bone bruise. He missed two events, then opted to redshirt to focus on academics.

This time, Dale said, he tweaked his knee during one of UNF’s events last fall, and the discomfort has intensified with time.

“It is a muscle issue around the kneecap,” North Florida coach Scott Schroeder wrote in an email.

Dale received a cortisone shot last week but saw no improvement. On Tuesday, he met with another doctor and was given a specially designed brace to keep his kneecap in the proper position.

North Florida’s next event is the Gator Invitational on Feb. 11-12. Asked if he expected to miss any tournaments, Dale said in a text message Tuesday night: “Hopefully not. I’m going to do my best to prepare and do as much rehab as possible to not miss another one.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.