Prattville, Ala. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team sits in second place after day one of the Alabama State Fall Classic. The Tigers shot a 17-over, 305 and are 13 strokes behind tournament host Alabama State. The first round was played in 96 degree temperatures at the 7,477 yard, Par-72 Senator Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville, Ala.
“All in all we played well,” said head coach Parrish McGrath. “Each player had a hole or two they let a shot get away from them. On this course an errant shot can easily turn into a double bogey or worse. We look forward to Monday to shave a few strokes and close the gap with the leaders.”
James Stepp led the Tigers with a 2-over 74 and is just three shots behind the leaders. The junior just missed a hole-in-one on the par-3, 16th as his tee shot stopped just three feet from the hole. Stepp was able to find the fairway on 10-of-14 holes and hit 12 greens on the day.
Andrew Warner finished the first round just one shot behind Stepp, four shots behind the leaders, with a 3-over, 75. The senior found 14 greens and 11 fairways on the day. Warner drained a 35-foot putt for a birdie on the par-3, 13th.
Shane Sampair came into the clubhouse after a 5-over, 77. Sampair got off to a slow start and was 5-over after just six holes. The junior would score three birdies on the day and was able to cut his score down to 3-over heading into the 17th. Bogeys on the last two holes spoiled the outing and brought him back to 5-over for the day. Sampair hit seven fairways and 10 greens on Sunday.
Codie Wellborn shot a 7-over, 79 on day one as he found nine fairways and 12 greens and averaged fewer than two putts a hole. Wellborn’s lone birdie came on the 400-yard, par-4 11th, as he left himself 106 yards after his tee shot. The Murfreesboro native used a sand wedge on his second shot and left himself a four foot putt for birdie.
Dallas Hill was at 4-over after 14 holes, but ran into trouble as he closed out the day. After a double bogey on 15, Hill would get a stroke back with a birdie on 16 as he stuck a 6-iron to within ten feet. But double bogeys on the final two holes gave Hill a non-scoring 9-over, 81. Hill was able to hit 10 greens and found seven fairways.
The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:00am on Monday.