Jonesboro, Ark. – Andrew Warner helped Tennessee State cut nine strokes off their first round score at the Red Wolf Intercollegiate hosted by Arkansas State. The Tigers used a 14-over, 298 in the afternoon session to jump three spots in the team standings at the Par-71, 6,551 yard RidgePointe. TSU sits in 13th out of 20 teams and is just four strokes away from being in the top half of the field.
After shooting a 6-over, 77 in the first round, Warner (77-70=147) carded a 1-under, 70 over the second 18 of the day. The junior opened the afternoon with a bogey on 12, which played as the fourth toughest hole of the day. Over the next eight holes, Warner settled in with seven pars before going on a 4-under stretch on the following seven holes. Warner recorded birdies on the par-4, 3rd and the par-5, 5th before closing out the run with back-to-back birdies on the par-4, 8th and the par-4 9th.
The 5-over, 147 helped Warner improve from a tie at 57th after the first round to a tie for 23rd. He sits 10 strokes off the lead in individual scoring.
In the morning session, Warner shot 11 pars and notched his lone birdie on the third.
James Stepp (73-75=148) recorded the top Tiger score for the first round with a 2-over, 73. He started in the hole with a double bogey on 12, but came back with a birdie on the par-4, 14th. The 442-yard hole played as the toughest on the day and only surrendered four birdies over 224 chances during the first two rounds.
Stepp would get back to even with birdies on the par-4, 16th and the par-4, 1st, before finishing the round at 2-over and in a tie for 16th. Stepp fell off the pace in the second round with a 4-over, 75 and is currently in a tie for 29th at 6-over. The sophomore picked up two birdies in the afternoon round; the par-4, 2nd and at the 5th.
Cameron Scitern (76-75=151) was consistent on the day as he carded 10 pars and two birdies in each round. The senior scored birdies on the back-to-back par-5’s on five and six during the first round and accomplished the feat in the afternoon on the 12th and the 3rd. Scitern is tied for 52nd out of 112 at 9-over.
Codie Welborn (81-78=159) shot a 10-over, 81 in the first round. Starting on the 13th, Welborn got off to a slow start, but registered birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes. The junior improved play through the second round with ten pars and a birdie on the 6th.
Shane Sampair (83-79=162) recorded non-countable scores in each round and finished the day at 20-over. Sampair scored his first birdie of the day on his first hole of the second round. The sophomore transfer was the only Tiger to figure out the par-5 13th, as well as the par-3 4th.
The third and final round will begin with a 8:30 am shotgun start on Tuesday morning.