BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – University of Tennessee at Martin senior Hunter Richardson shot identical 70’s in the first two rounds of the Samford Intercollegiate today, topping the 58-man field by two strokes heading into the final round of the tournament held at Greystone Golf and Country Club.
A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Richardson racked up three birdies in the morning round and secured two more birdies and an eagle in the afternoon round. His 140 (-4) is two shots better than second-place Alexander Riddle of Tennessee Tech.
Jack Story also performed well for UT Martin today, as his two-round total of 145 (+1) ranks seventh in the field. The sophomore from Dickson, Tenn. carded a 73 in the first round and shaved off a stroke for a 72 in the second round, chalking up four birdies and an eagle along the way.
Nick Wolf shot a 76 this morning and followed with a 77 during the afternoon, finishing his day with a 153 (+9). Ross Redmont (81-79; 160) factored into the team scoring in the opening round while Cameron Smith (87-77; 164) pitched into the team tally in the second round for the Skyhawks.
As a team, UT Martin shot 300 (+12) in the first round and followed with a four-shot improvement (296, +8) this afternoon. Overall, the Skyhawks are sitting at 596 (+20) to rank third out of 10 teams going into the final 18 holes.
“This is a championship golf course and it is in great shape,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Overnight rains really made the course wet and with the winds blowing today, pulling the right club was very important – we didn’t do a very good job of that. Hunter and Jack played two great rounds of golf but I am in very disappointed in the score from our team – we have to improve on that. We are playing in the final group tomorrow and we have an opportunity to move up so we are looking forward to finishing strong.”
The third and final round will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 24 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. UT Martin will be paired with Tennessee Tech (579, +3) and Auburn (593, +17) during the last round.