Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team shot a 9-over, 297 as a team and is in eighth after day one of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The Par-72, 6,858 yard GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn., played slow due to the heavy rains in the middle Tennessee area on Wednesday with the temperatures for the first round reaching the mid-60’s and winds between 9-12 mph under Sunny skies.
After the first round, TSU is 13 strokes behind team leader Austin Peay and just five strokes from being in the top four.
Cameron Scitern led the way with a 1-under, 71 and is currently tied for seventh, just two strokes behind co-leaders, Brendon Caballero of UT Martin and Patrick Newcomb of Murray State. Scitern hit 12 fairways, 14 greens and just 29 putts as he picked up nine pars and five birdies.
Scitern hit a pitching wedge for his third shot on the par-5, 2nd to 15 feet away from the pin, setting up his first birdie of the day. The Rockdale, Texas native picked up pars on the next five holes before closing out the front nine with back-to-back birdies.
On the par-4, 8th, Scitern hit a 9-iron on his second shot onto the green and dropped a 10 foot putt for birdie. Scitern followed on the par-5, 9th, with a sand wedge shot to within 11 inches of the cup for the second straight birdie.
Scitern sat in first with a 3-under at the turn, but bogeyed the first two holes to drop to 1-under. The team captain would get one stroke back on the par-5, 12th, as he hit a 58-degree wedge to five feet and sank the putt for birdie. Scitern moved back to even after 16, but responded on the par-5, 17th with a birdie by sinking a five-foot putt as he returned to 1-under.
James Stepp played steady throughout the day as he hit eight fairways, 13 greens and 33 putts and scored 13 pars and two birdies. On the par-5, 2nd, Stepp went into the right rough off with his tee shot. The sophomore used a 7-iron to reach the middle of the fairway, leaving 65-yards to the pin. His third shot landed within five feet allowing him to sink his first birdie of the day. After falling to 2-over, Stepp dropped a birdie on 17 and used an up-and-down on 18 to save par to close out his day with a 1-over, 73.
After the first round, Stepp is tied for 17th with seven other golfers. The Cheatham native sits four strokes off the leaders.
Andrew Warner entered the clubhouse with a 4-over, 76. Warner opened the round with a bogey, but bounced back on the 2nd. The junior used a gap wedge from 105-yards out on his third shot that landed two feet away from hole for a makeable birdie, bringing his score back to even. The Hendersonville product found himself at 2-over heading into the final two holes of the front-nine. Warner responded with back-to-back birdies on the par-4, 8th and the par-5, 9th, to make the turn at even par. On the day, Warner found 10 fairways, 13 greens and 34 putts for eight pars and three birdies.
Shane Sampair started out fast with birdies on one and three and a par on two. Sampair would pick up bogeys on six and seven and was even at the turn. The sophomore transfer found himself down two strokes as he came to 14. A birdie on the par-4 hole got him back to 1-over, but ran into trouble on 16 and 18 to finish the round with a 5-over, 77. Over the first 18-holes, Sampair hit eight fairways, eight greens, and made 29 putts as he recorded nine pars and three birdies.
Dallas Hill shot a non-scoring 8-over, 80, while hitting eight fairways and nine greens. Hill used 32 putts on his way to recording 11 pars on the first day. On the par-4, 13th, the sophomore found the hazard off the tee box and had to take a drop. Hill hit a 9-iron for his third shot to within seven feet of the, which he was able to sink to save par.
The Tigers will hit the course with the exact same times as in day one. Hill will tee-off at 8:50 am on Friday, followed by Sampair at 9:00 am, Warner at 9:10 am, Stepp at 9:20 am and Scitern at 9:30 am.
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