GOLF TEAM FIRES LOW FINAL ROUND, FINISHES THIRD AT GROVER PAGE CLASSIC
March 11, 2014
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JACKSON, Tenn.– The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team carded the lowest final round of any team at the Grover Page Classic with a combined effort of 1-under-par 287. The strong showing allowed the Skyhawks to hold onto third place in the final standings. UT Martin was led individually by Tyler Shellnut, who finished the tournament tied for fourth at 1-under-par 215 and as a member of the all-tournament team.
“It was an outstanding day for golf today with, warm weather, sunshine and a good golf course,” UT Martin Head Coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We had a strong third place finish and I am extremely proud of our finish today, especially since the course was a bit more difficult and the conditions were windy.”
The 2014 Grover Page Classic was a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by The University of Tennessee at Martin and hosted at the Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. The 78-player field was made up of 12 teams, including six from the state of Tennessee and five Ohio Valley Conference member institutions, along with 18 participants competing as individuals. The par 72 Jackson Country Club course played at a length of 6,783 yards.
Behind Shellnut’s performance, Brendon Caballero and Ben Reeves both fired 1-under-par rounds of 71, vaulting them into a tie for 11th position at 2-over-par 218. Clay Harbin fired a round of even-par to finish two strokes back at 4-over-par 220, while Tyler Guy rounded out the Skyhawk scoring with a tournament total of 14-over-par 230.
“[Shellnut] played outstanding both days,” Carpenter said. “Brendon had a very good tournament for us and Austin Swafford played very well too. Overall, the whole team had a good tournament and it is something we can build on.”
Competing as individuals Swafford finished the tournament at 2-over-par 218, putting him in a tie for 11th place. John Michael Sisinni finished in 24th position at 7-over-par 223, while Gavin Shellnut was three strokes back at 10-over-par 226. Rounding out the tournament for UT Martin was Peyton Deming at 12-over-par 228.
In the team competition Lipscomb University held its overnight lead and took to the title with a three-round score of 8-under-par 856. Seven strokes back in second was Tennessee Tech at 1-under-par 863, followed by the Skyhawks and third and Jackson State in fourth at 23-over-par 887. Rounding out the top five was Southern Illinois at 24-over-par 888.
In the individual medalist competition Lipscomb’s Caston Roberts won by five strokes with a score of 7-under-par 209. He was joined by teammate Sydney Chung, who is also the reigning club champion at Jackson Country Club, in second place at 2-under-par 214. Tied for second was Union University’s Bryce Doughty, followed by Adam Cunningham of Tennessee Tech and Shellnut from UT Martin who both tied for fourth place at 1-under-par 215.
UT Martin will now turn its attention to next week’s Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee Tech and played at the Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.
Carpenter commented that, “With more play we’ll continue to get stronger. We need to focus more on out ball striking, putting and course management and now that the weather is improving we can really work on that going forward as we get ready for next week.”
He also added that, “As usual, Jackson Country Club did an outstanding job hosting this event. This year was extra tough because of the ice storm that hit days before and the damage it did to 200 trees on the course. They got the course in outstanding shape and the staff was as outstanding as always, we really are lucky to have a partner like them for this tournament each year.”