February 25, 2018

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The University of Tennessee at Martin shook off a relatively slow start in Round 1 to make the second-largest jump in the 19-team field through 36 holes at the Loyola Intercollegiate held at Palm Valley Golf Club.

After a 75-minute frost delay to start the day, the 107-man event was called due to darkness as one group was unable to finish out its second round. As things currently stand, UT Martin is tied for 12th place with a 566 (-5), carding a 286 this morning before a 280 in the afternoon round. The College of Charleston is the clubhouse leader after two rounds, posting a score of 546 (-30) through Day 1.

Individually, the Skyhawks were paced by freshman Nick Wolf today, as the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native produced the two best scores of his young collegiate career. He led the squad with 12 birdies today while also topping UT Martin in par-4 scoring (3.80, -4) and par-5 scoring (4.38, -5).

Wolf’s first round included six birdies, 11 pars and just one bogey for a 67 before he polished off his afternoon with six more birdies, nine pars and three bogeys for a final tally of 69. His two-round total of 136 (-8) is tied for seventh in the field, four strokes behind leader Danny Gorman of SIUE.

Hunter Richardson posted a 69 through today’s opening round before an afternoon 75 brought his score to an even-par 144. He tied Wolf for the team lead in par-5 scoring while pitching in nine birdies and the Skyhawks’ lone eagle of the day – which occurred on the par-4, 425-yard Hole No. 16 in the first round of play.

The only UT Martin participant to not finish his second round today was Ross Redmont, who is responsible for a 140 with one hole remaining. After a first round that included 15 pars, Redmont reeled off five birdies this afternoon before being halted on Hole No. 5, a par-5 playing at 525 yards. He equaled Wolf for the team lead in par-3 scoring (3.13, +1).

Zach Haynes shaved five strokes off his first round score today, ending his two rounds with a 147 (+3). He notched a team-best 25 pars on the day, shooting 76 with one birdie in Round 1 before a 1-under 71 performance this afternoon. His Round 2 included a trio of birdies, 13 pars and only two bogeys.

Jack Story (157, +13) overcame an 83 in the first round to compile a 74 this afternoon. His second round began with six consecutive pars before he mixed in two birdies and seven more pars in a nine-hole span towards the conclusion of his afternoon.

“Starting out, we didn’t play badly but with the way the scores were, it just wasn’t good enough,” Skyhawk head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We played a little bit better in the second round but as a whole, we didn’t putt well all day. This is a great tournament for us to get started in – everybody improved and contributed throughout the day. I am confident that we will finish strong tomorrow.”

Round 2 will officially wrap up tomorrow morning while the third and final round will immediately follow. A shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m. CST.

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