February 26, 2017

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team dropped six spots in the team standings today after the second round of the Loyola Intercollegiate, held at the Palm Valley Golf Club.

The Skyhawks shot a 293 (+5) this morning and are now in eighth place out of 16 teams with a two-round total of 573 (-3). Despite today’s drop, UT Martin is only four strokes away from fifth place with the tournament finale on tap for Monday.

“We got off to a horrible start and we did make a rally but I was very disappointed in our play today,” Skyhawk head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Our par-3 scoring was tough today and we didn’t birdie enough of our par-5’s. We had a lot of three-putts and we probably didn’t hit half as many greens as we did in the first round. We will make some adjustments tonight and our goal tomorrow is to finish in the top-five of the tournament.”

Hunter Richardson accounted for UT Martin’s best score today, as he tallied four birdies on his way to a 71 (-1). Right behind him was Jack Story (E), who dialed up a pair of birdies and an eagle on the 515-yard, par-5 Hole No. 11. That duo is currently tied for 16th place with a 141 (-3) after 36 holes of play.

Austin Swafford was responsible for a trio of birdies on his way to a 74 (+2) this morning. He sits at 142 (-2) going into tomorrow’s final round. Tyler Guy ended his day strong with a pair of birdies in his final three holes to post a 76 (+4) and a 149 (+5) through two days. Gavin Shellnut (152, +8) tied for the team lead with four birdies this morning but finished with a 79 (+7) today.

The Skyhawks will look to make a push during tomorrow’s third and final round, which is set to tee off at 7:45 a.m. local time.