GOLF TEAM WINS FALL TOURNAMENT OPENER IN COMMANDING FASHION
September 10, 2013
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PINEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team won the Wasioto Winds Fall Kickoff tournament going away, capping off a dominant three-round performance with a 31-stroke victory in the event hosted by Morehead State.
The Skyhawks shot a 3-under 285 in the third and final round of the tournament this morning, finishing with a total of 853 (-11). That bested second-place Walters State Community College (884, +20) and fellow Ohio Valley Conference members Murray State (888, +24) and Morehead State (889, +25).
“It was a good win to start off our season,” Skyhawk head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “When we got out of the van today, I told the guys we need to put a rubber stamp on the day to validate our first two rounds. That’s what we did – the players’ hard work and dedication paid off today.”
All eight of UT Martin’s golfers finished in the top-17, as UT Martin had four of the six representatives on the all-tournament team. The Skyhawks were led by Brendon Caballero, who shot an even-par 72 in the third round to cap off a score of 214 (-2) for the tournament. Caballero finished in a tie for second place with teammate Tyler Shellnut, who carded a 77 today to bring his tournament total to 214 (-2). Competing as an individual, Clay Harbin placed fourth after firing an even-par 72 this morning to bring his three-round total to 215 (-1). John Michael Sisinni rounded out the all-tournament team for the Skyhawks, as he shot a 2-under 70 to finish in a tie for fifth (216, even).
Ben Reeves earned a ninth place finish after a third round 73 (219 total, +3). Tyler Guy provided UT Martin with its sixth top-10 finisher after tying Sisinni for a team-best 70 today (221 overall, +5). The Skyhawks’ two freshmen also performed very well in their collegiate debuts, as Austin Swafford (73 today, 222 overall, +6) and Gavin Shellnut (72 today, 224 overall, +8) came in 14th and 17th place, respectively.
“This win was an absolute team effort,” Carpenter said. “Everybody picked each other up and every single player contributed to the win. At one point late, we were four- or five-over par and we made a lot of birdies on the last three or four holes. That’s what I was the most proud of – us having to battle back as a team to get under par for the day.”
The Skyhawks will take a week off from official competition before returning to action on Sept. 22-24 at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville.