NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tigers golf squad played the first 36-holes of the 54-hole Skyhawk Classic on Monday. Tennessee State shaved seven strokes from its first round play and is 15th with a 17-over, 593 at the Par-72, 6,685 yard Paris Landing State Park, and part of the Tennessee Golf Trail.
Lee University leads the 16-team field with a 20-under, 556. The host, Tennessee-Martin, is four strokes behind at 16-under.
Lee’s Hunter Vest and Union’s Bryce Doughty are the top individuals at 8-under. James Stepp (76-70=146) and Blake Burgett (73-73=146) lead the Tigers at 2-over and are tied for 40th out of 87 golfers.
Stepp would play the first 25 holes of the day no better than par before sinking a birdie. Stepp would go on to drop four of the final seven holes.
Andrew Warner (75-75=150) carded two birdies in the first round and one in the second. Warner is tied for 62nd at 6-over.
The highlight of the day for the Tigers came on the par-5, 3rd. Senior Codie Welborn (76-75=151) hit the center of the fairway off the box with a 3-wood. Welborn stayed with the 3-wood for his second shot from 230-yars out and ended up six feet from the flag. The Murfreesboro native would covert the putt for eagle, marking his second in as many weeks. On the day, Welborn found 20 fairways and 29 greens.
Matt Campbell (79-76=155), competing in his first tournament of the year, recorded five birdies on the day and was six-for-six on sand saves. Campbell’s second shot from 133-yards on the par-4, 15th, lipped out, setting up a tap in birdie. On the par-4, 11th, Campbell used a 7-iron from 181 to reach the green. The junior would sink a 20-footer for bird.
Tuesday’s final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30am.