Nashville --- The Tennessee State University men's golf team was picked to finish the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference race in seventh place in a vote of league head coaches.
Jacksonville State was picked to win the overall title, receiving seven of the nine first-place votes to finish with the most points (63) while defending champion Murray State received the other two votes and finished second (55) in the voting. Eastern Kentucky was tabbed third (50) and followed by Austin Peay (41), UT Martin (37), Eastern Illinois (24), Tennessee State (20), Morehead State (19) and Tennessee Tech (15).
"We are coming off what has probably been our best preseason ever," said head coach Chip Taylor. "We are really good this year. We have a lot of depth and I think we have an opportunity to surprise a lot of teams."
This fall, Tennessee State picked up a first place finish at the National Black College Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. The Tigers also notched a third place finish at the Alabama State Classic and a fourth place spot in the SIU-Edwardsville Fall Classic.
TSU will officially kick-off the spring season, Saturday, Feb.19 at the Frito Lay/AT&T Intercollegiate hosted by Jackson State in Philadelphia, Miss.
Men's Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (7 first-place) 63
2. Murray State (2) 55
3. Eastern Kentucky 50
4. Austin Peay 41
5. UT Martin 37
6. Eastern Illinois 24
7. Tennessee State 20
8. Morehead State 19
9. Tennessee Tech 15