Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s and women’s golf teams took to the course for the first time for the 2013-14 season. The two teams played 18-holes at the Harpeth Hills Golf Course on a calm day with temperatures reaching 88 degrees.
Both squads paired off in two groups of three for a head-to-head matchup. The men split up as lefties versus righties, with the latter picking up the victory by a stroke. On the women’s side, the newcomers earned a six stroke win over the returners.
“It was good to get everyone together and out on the course,” said head coach Parrish McGrath. “One of the good things on the ladies side was our newcomers were able to beat our returners. It is always good to know you brought in players who are going to help the team and it shows the program is heading in the right direction.”
The men’s team sports a veteran team with two seniors and four juniors. Last season the Tigers finished 8th out of 11 teams at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships last year. Junior James Stepp and Cameron Scitern tied for third and were named to the All-Tournament team. Coach McGrath will look to his experienced team to fill the shoes of Scitern who spent four successful years at TSU.
“We are a little older on the men’s side,” McGrath stated. “James needs to gain the confidence knowing he belongs at the top of the conference. A few other guys need to realize they too can play at that level. It starts sooner rather than later and we need to start to make some gains from the fall season into the spring and building towards OVC championships.”
The Tigers open play at the Alabama State University Fall Golf Classic on Sept. 1-2 in Montgomery, Ala.