Dickson, Tenn. – The final day of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championships has been cancelled due to heavy overnight and continued rainfall at the GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson. The 54-hole event will use the first 36-holes as the final results. Tennessee State finished in eighth place with a 588, +12, just one stroke out of seventh and seven out of third.
“We got out to a fast start on day, but could not hold on for the last few holes, bringing us back to the pack,” said head coach Parrish McGrath. “When we were leading early in the round I knew we had to play mistake free on the last three holes to keep our spot near the top, but 16 through 18 brought us and a few other teams back to the pack. Day two brought more solid play from our first three with Andrew Warner shooting 3-over, which was a good score considering some of the bad bounces he had on the course.“
Senior Cameron Scitern and Sophomore James Stepp earned a spot on the seven-man OVC Championships All-Tournament team after the two finished tied for third at 3-under, two strokes off the lead. This marks the first time in school history that two Tigers have earned a spot on the team. It is also the first time since 2004 a Tiger has accomplished the honor. Robert Dinwiddie, the only TSU golfer to make it twice, earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in 2002 and 2004. Robert Hunt is the only other Tiger, and the first, to be placed on the team in 2001.
“Having two players make All-Tournament is more of an indicator of their capabilities than All-OVC, since this is the only time they all go head to head against one another,” McGrath said. “I am very proud of James and Cameron’s play and decision making. Both were patient and managed the course very well.
“With James finding the fairways a little better on day two he was able to fire at more pins, which helped him birdie four of the last six holes and Cameron getting better on the greens each day I was looking forward to the third round,” McGrath continued. “I felt both had a chance to win if we could get back out there Saturday.”
Scitern, who was named to the All-OVC Team on Thursday evening, carded a 71 on day one and a 70 on day two to earn his third place standing. The senior dropped 21 pars and nine birdies over the 36-holes and finished tied with Stepp for the second most birdies recorded. Scitern led the tournament, along with UT Martin’s Brendan Caballero, on par-5’s shooting 7-under.
Stepp shot a 1-over, 73 during the first round, but bounced back with a second round best 68. The 4-under in a round was a tournament best and was matched by only two other golfers during the championships. The sophomore completed play with 21 pars and nine birdies. Stepp finished a third best in par-5 scoring at 4-under and fifth best in par-4 scoring at even.
“For James to be this close to the lead and have two more years should fuel the fire to keep him going this summer and be ready to be a factor in the OVC,” McGrath commented. “Cameron played his style of golf from the beginning and validated his All-Conference selection. All a coach can ask his players to do is leave it all on the course, which Cameron did. It is a great end to a solid four years at TSU. He set the benchmark for how a golfer should play the game.”