Nashville, Tenn. – The Tigers made a charge in the final round of the 2013 Big Blue Intercollegiate on Tuesday morning. Tennessee State recorded the third best team score of the day as they shot a 5-under, 283 and climbed into a three-way tie for ninth place. Tuesday was played under cloudy skies and winds between 9-12 mph with the temperatures reaching 74 degrees at the Par-72, 7,157 yard President's Reserve Course at Hermitage Golf Club.
Senior Cameron Scitern put up the second best score of the day with a 4-under, 68. Scitern’s round helped him jump from 33rd into a 9th place tie. James Stepp and Andrew Warner each shot a 1-under, 71, while Shane Sampair and Codie Welborn each came in with a 1-over, 73.
Southern Illinois claimed the title with a 17-under, 847 (283-284-280). Lipscomb matched the Tigers score in the final round and held onto second place with a 12-under, 852. UT Martin climbed to a fourth place finish as they posted a third round best 12-under, 276.
Scitern (73-72-68=213) started the day by rolling in a 20 foot putt for a birdie on 10. He registered his second birdie on 14 as he hit a wedge to 15 feet and one-putted. On 16, Scitern used a 9-iron on his approach shot to an eight foot birdie putt. The senior moved to 4-under through the first nine as he chipped to within five feet on the par-5, 18th as he made his fourth birdie of the morning.
Scitern started his back nine the same as he concluded the front nine. He used a wedge to setup a 10 foot putt for birdie. Scitern used 12 pars to solidify his 4-under.
Stepp (75-74-71=220) stayed virtually clean over the final round as he bogeyed just one hole. Stepp dropped 15 pars, 37 over three rounds, and two birdies. The sophomore carded 1-under’s on the par-5, 18th and the par-5 2nd.
Sampair (72-75-73=220) finished the tournament with the second most pars with 42, including 13 on the final day. Sampiar found 15 greens on Tuesday and recorded three straight birdies; the 18th, 1st and 2nd. The sophomore transfer lost his bid for a round under par as he four-putted on his third to last hole, the par-3, 7th. Sampair still was able to earn his best tournament score as a Tiger coming in at 4-over and tied with Stepp in 43rd out of 92.
Warner (71-79-71=221) rebounded well after a second round 79 as he matched his first round 1-under, 71. Warner hit 10 fairways and 12 greens as he picked up 13 pars. On the par-5, 8th, the junior found himself behind a large wooded area on a dog-leg right. Warner punched out through a small opening setting up a wedge shot that landed 20 feet behind the pin, which he drained to save par. Warner sank birdies on the 16th, 18th, and 6th all by landing inside of three feet on each hole.
Welborn’s (74-75-73=222) consistent play over the final round resulted in a 1-over in his final round and a 6-over for the tournament. The Murfreesboro product used three birdies over his first eight holes and 11 pars for the day to come in with his best round of the Big Blue Intercollegiate.
Dallas Hill (69-75-77=221) and Matt Campbell (78-81-81=240) played as individuals with Hill shooting a 5-over on the final round, while Campbell finished with a 9-over. Campbell used nine pars over the final 18 holes to score an 81 for the second consecutive round.
Hill started the final round off birdies on two of his first six holes. On his eighth hole of the morning, the par-5, 2nd, Hill ran into trouble finding two hazards for a 10. The sophomore tried to come back with a birdie on the par-4, 4th and used 11 pars and just 26 total putts over 18 holes to hold on to a 5-over tournament performance.
Southern Illinois' Jake Erickson claimed the individual title by virtue of a carded-tiebreaker. Erickson and SIU-Edwardsville's Colin McCarty each finished with a three-round total of 10-under, 206. Erickson won the title with a final round 68, opposed to a 69 by McCarty.
The Tigers completed their regular season and will next compete at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships April 25-27.