Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team opened play at the 27th annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship with a fourth-best, first round 9-over. The Par-72, 6,840-yard Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., played under ideal scoring conditions, mostly sunny skies and 85 degrees.
TSU is 14 strokes behind team leaders Bethune-Cookman who shot a 5-under, 283. Savannah State is in second after the first day at 5-over, 293, while defending champions, Texas-Pan American, shot a 6-over, 294.
The Tigers started the day on the back-nine as Andrew Warner was the third Tiger to tee off. Warner opened the day with three pars before dropping two strokes with bogeys on the next two holes. After a par on 15, Warner carded a birdie on the par-5, 16th to get back to 1-over before making the turn. The junior would record four straight pars before a bogey on three dropped him, once again, to 2-over. Warner would move back to even on the day as he notched birdies on the par-3, 6th and the par-4, 9th. Warner led the Tigers on day one with an even par, 72 by dropping three birdies and 12 pars.
Cameron Scitern, Codie Welborn, and James Stepp each signed their cards with 3-over, 75’s. Scitern and Welborn each dropped a pair of birdies and 11 pars, while Stepp made 13 pars and one birdie.
Scitern opened the day with back-to-back bogeys before notching five straight pars. The senior dropped another stroke on 17 and turned to the first hole at 3-over. Scitern was at 5-over after losing a stroke on the second and third before he could get things going on the day. A birdie on the par-3, 4th and the par-4, 8th brought him back to his final score for the round.
Welborn dropped a stroke right out of the gate, but was able to get it back with a birdie on the par-4, 12th. Like his senior teammate, Welborn used a birdie on eight to secure his 3-over for the day.
Stepp had a similar beginning to his fellow Tigers as he found himself at 2-over after the first four holes. The sophomore would play steady over the last 14 holes and picked up a stroke with a birdie on the par-5, 7th.
The non-counting score for the Tigers was an 8-over, 80 by Dallas Hill. Despite his struggles over the first 18-holes, Hill tied Warner with the most amount of birdies, three, on the day.
The second round will begin at 7:30 am on Saturday morning.