MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head golf coach Jerry Carpenter has announced that Nick Wolf, Ryan Davis and Tate Chumley have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Skyhawk golf program. All three in-state signees will be freshmen in the fall of 2017.
A Murfreesboro, Tenn. native, Wolf comes to UT Martin from Father Ryan High School in Nashville. Playing under head coach Christy Foreman, Wolf finished in sixth place in the TSSAA Division II-AA state tournament, shooting rounds of 71-75 for a 146. This past season, he also finished in second place in the Hendersonville Invitational with a 72.
In 2015, Wolf placed fourth in the Division II-AA state tournament with a 145 (75-70). He came in second place in the East/Middle Region Tournament (70) while earning Tennessee Sports Writers Association Division II-AA all-state honors and first team all-midstate accolades by the Tennessean newspaper. He also qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore in 2014 and compiled a runner-up finish in the Murfreesboro Invitational with a score of 70.
On the Tennessee Golf Association Sneds Tour, Wolf won the 2016 Tournament of Champions (146; 69-77) and helped Team East win the Tennessee Junior Cup. He took part in the 2016 Masters 2-Day Tournament, placing second at Greystone Golf Course (144; 73-71) and fifth at Willowbrook Golf Course (148, 72-76). He was a TGA state amateur qualifier and earned an Elite Series exemption for the 2017 season. Wolf was the 2015 Sneds Tour Player of the Year and was also a two-time Masters 2-Day Tournament champion.
“Nick is a golfer that has competed on the high school, state and junior level with tremendous success over his career,” Carpenter said. “He is the grandson of legendary football coach Boots Donnelly. Nick is an outstanding golfer, a top student and a better person with many hours of work in his community and high school activities. UT Martin is very lucky to secure him for a college golfer – he has a tremendous ability to compete, an outstanding work ethic, excellent iron play, a first class golf course demeanor and a very good short game. He has gone head-to-head with some of the best golfers in the state with quality finishes. His leadership skills will make him a great fit for UT Martin golf, campus involvement and the UT Martin community.”
Davis hails from Jackson, Tenn. and is wrapping up his senior campaign at University School of Jackson under head coach Tom Talkington. Davis carries an AJGA No. 14 state ranking amongst seniors and currently boasts a 70.1 scoring average.
A two-time TSSAA Division II-A all-state honoree (2015, 2016), Davis earned medalist honors (67, -5) at the TSSAA Division II-A West Region tournament in both 2015 and 2016. He is currently ranked No. 1 on the Sneds Tour Elite Series and was part of the West Team that won the 2016 Tennessee Junior Cup. He tallied medalist honors after carding a 66 (-6) at The Preview at Jackson National this season and also tied for first with a 144 (73-71) in the TSSAA Division II-A state tournament in 2015.
Davis has achieved 10 top-five finishes since April of 2015, taking home West Tennessee Golfer of the Year accolades by the Jackson Sun newspaper. In addition to his aforementioned wins, he also won the 2016 TSSAA Division II A-AA Region Tournament (67) at Fair Oaks Country Club in Oakland, Tenn., the Sneds Tour Elite (142; 69-73) at Temple Hills Country Club in Franklin, Tenn., the 2015 TSSAA Division II A-AA Region Tournament (67) at Fair Oaks Country Club in Oakland, Tenn. and the Lion Invitational (69) held at the Jackson National Golf Club in Jackson, Tenn.
“Ryan is a two-sport athlete from USJ who has excelled in golf,” Carpenter said. “Ryan has played three junior tours in Tennessee and the Southeast with top finishes in all of his events – this will make him a very good collegiate golfer because he knows how to compete. UT Martin was extremely lucky to secure his services for golf since he was recruited by many schools in Tennessee and other states. His golf game is well-suited for collegiate golf with great length off the tee, excellent iron play and a good putting stroke. He is a tough compactor and knows how to finish a round of golf. He is expected to compete for playing time this fall.”
Chumley will join the Skyhawks out of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he plays for former UT Martin golfer and 1994 All-Ohio Valley Conference performer Web Hutchings. Chumley has compiled five wins in the last three seasons, improving his scoring average each season (77 as a sophomore, 74 as a junior and 72 as a senior).
In addition to his five wins, Chumley is responsible for 13 top-five finishes since his sophomore season. He tallied medalist honors at the Sundrop Classic and Stones River Invitational during his senior campaign while finishing first at the Pickwick Landing Invitational, Keith Maxwell Invitational and Region 4-AAA Tournament held at Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Tullahoma, Tenn. He shot an even-par 72 to claim top honors and qualify for his first state tournament in 2015.
“Tate was recommended and coached by our alum Web Hutchings,” Carpenter said. “Tate is a golfer that has competed on the junior tours, state events and high school tournaments with much success. He has an excellent work ethic, a good golf swing and other tools that will make him a good collegiate golfer – he has a will to compete at this level. Tate is an excellent student with people skills that will help develop his collegiate golf game. He is a perfect fit for our program.”
UT Martin won its first-ever OVC championship last spring and currently ranks second in the league with a 290.1 team scoring average after the 2016 fall campaign.