MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team was one of a few teams who completed its first round of play before rain postponed the action this afternoon at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech at the Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.
After play was suspended at 12:15 p.m. because of lightning, the nine men’s team that made up the field resumed action. Another storm front passed through around 3 p.m., leaving a few teams just one hole shy of completing their round.
UT Martin was able to get a full round in before the weather took its toll. Senior Graham Sleigh led UT Martin with a score of 73 (+1), followed by freshman Ben Reeves’ 74 (+2). Clay Harbin and Brendon Caballero each carded a first-round 75 (+3), while Tyler Guy’s 78 rounded out the scoring for the Skyhawks.
Since not all teams finished their round, complete team scores are not available. However, UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter felt very confident in his team’s performance after the first round.
“We’re very close to the lead,” Carpenter said. “We had several good rounds of solid golf on a hard course that was made even harder with the weather. We hit the ball well as a team and followed our game plan – which was to two-putt to par and move on. All in all we had a very good effort today and I’m really proud of our guys.”
The individuals who did not finish today’s round will hit the links for an 8 a.m. tee time on Tuesday, March 19. All groups will then be paired off and begin the second and final round of 18 holes beginning at 9 a.m.
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