MURRAY, Ky. – Senior Hunter Richardson made sure the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2017-18 golf season got off to a good start today in the first two rounds of the Murray State Invitational.
A three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference honoree from Clarksville, Tenn., Richardson nearly broke the course record for the 36-year old Miller Memorial Golf Course during his afternoon round. He shot a career-best 64 (-7) in the second round, which is only three shots away from the course record set by former Murray State player Mark Brant in August 2006. He posted an eagle, six birdies, 10 pars and a bogey during his remarkable round that was one stroke shy of the best 18-hole Murray State Invitational round set by former Tennessee Tech golfer and current PGA Tour member Scott Stallings in 2005.
Richardson began his day with a 68 (-3) and currently ranks atop the individual standings with a 132 (-10). He will enter tomorrow’s final round with a three-shot lead in the 89-man field.
As a whole, the Skyhawks are sitting in second place out of 14 teams after Day 1 of the tournament. UT Martin shot a 287 (+3) this morning before closing with the best score of any team in the field (281, -3) in the second round. The Skyhawks’ even-par 568 trails leader Murray State by just three shots.
Tate Chumley accounted for a consistent round of 144 (+2) today, as the freshman carded a 72 in each round to rank 19th in the field. Ross Redmont wasn’t too far behind with a 145 (+3), recording scores of 72-73 today. The freshman duo of Nick Wolf (75-72; +5) and Ryan Davis (75-74; +7) each generated improved scores from their first round to help UT Martin shoot up the team standings.
Four Skyhawks also took part in the tournament as individuals, as Zach Haynes led the way with scores of 74-70 (+2) today to tie teammate Chumley for 19th place. Peyton Dix accounted for a 69 in the afternoon round to finish up Day 1 with a 146 (+4) while Jack Story (72-75) and Cameron Smith (73-74) each wrapped up the day with identical scores of 147 (+5).
"I was very proud of our entire team today from top to bottom," UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. "Hunter's round was just phenomenal and our young guys played well too for their first collegiate tournament. Ross had a good day and our individuals each held their own."
Weather permitting, the third and final round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12.