September 23, 2013

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – After two rounds of play at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, the University of Tennessee at Martin golf team has shot a 596 (+20), which ranks 11th out of 15 teams.

The Skyhawks fired a 296 (+8) in the first round this morning, followed by a 300 (+12) in this afternoon’s second round. Host Louisville leads the tournament after two rounds of play with a score of 567 (-9), as the Cardinals are one of only two teams to shoot under-par this afternoon at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.

“This is a good golf course and the pin placements were set up tough,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “It was windy today and the greens were quick, which resulted in a lot of three-putts. As a team, we didn’t look like we have been practicing and playing up to this point.”

Sophomore Ben Reeves led the Skyhawks today, shooting an even-par 144 (73, 71) to rank 13th out of 84 golfers. Brendon Caballero shot a team-best 72 in the first round before following with a 76 for 148 (+4) on the day. John Michael Sisinni (73, 81; +10) fired a 154 today while Clay Harbin (80, 75; +11) and Tyler Shellnut (78, 78; +12) finished with two-round totals of 155 and 156, respectively.

Carpenter says his team will make adjustments and regroup tonight before hitting the links early on Tuesday morning.

“We made some errors in judgment on two or three holes today and that cost us some strokes,” Carpenter said. “We can still move up the leaderboard if we shave three or four shots off our scores. If that happens, I’d say a top-eight finish in a tournament like this is pretty good.”

The Skyhawks begin third round play on Tuesday at 8:12 a.m. CST. Fans can follow UT Martin’s progress throughout the final round courtesy of live hole-by-hole scoring. To track the tournament scores, click here.