Jackson, Tenn. - The men's golf team dealt with windy and wet conditions on the first day at the UT Martin Grover Page Classic. The Tigers cut 10 strokes off their first round total to move into eighth of the 13 team field. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Par-72, 6, 783 yard Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn.
In the first round, TSU shot a 25-over, 313 as a team and was in ninth, 31 strokes behind Lipscomb who shot a 4-over, 292. The Tigers regrouped as they went back out for the second round of 18 and shot a 15-over, 303. TSU moved up one spot in the team standings after shooting the sixth best team score of the second round.
Cameron Scitern led the Tigers despite feeling ill most of the day. Scitern used birdies on the par-3 ninth and the par-5 17th and 10 pars in the first round for a 4-over, 76 good for 22nd. Scitern considered withdrawing after the first round, but continued on and turned in an even par, 72, jumping him into 11th, eight strokes behind Brett Berry of Union.
The senior recorded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 fourth and the par-5 fifth, as well a birdie on the 15th for the second time on the day, right after registering a birdie on the par-4 14th. Scitern added another 10 pars to stay even on the second round, as he posted the fifth best score of the afternoon session.
"More conservative play and Cameron's solid round helped salvage second round team score," said head coach Parrish McGrath. "Can't say enough about how Cameron fought through the day. We know he didn't have it today, but he sure did bring it."
James Stepp (78-75=153) led the field of 75 players with 16 pars over the first 36 holes. Stepp picked up pars on the final seven holes of the first round and the first 11 of round two. The sophomore was able to chalk up a birdie in each round. Stepp had his success on the par-5's, as he birdied the fifth over the first 18 and the 15th over the second 18. Stepp jumped ten spots and now sits in a tie for 25th, 13 strokes off the lead.
Andrew Warner (78-79=157) carded three birdies and 19 pars on the day. In the first round, Warner picked up a birdie on the par-4 sixth. He was the lone Tiger to shoot a 1-under on the sixth, as well as the par-5 eighth, which he accomplished in the second round. Warner also birdied the 15th during the first round.
Matt Campbell (85-77=162) struggled in the first round with only five pars and a non-counting 85. But Campbell charged back in the second round with 11 pars and a birdie on 17 for a team countable 5-over. The sophomore jumped 14 spots to 53rd.
Shane Sampair (81-83=164) enjoyed success on the fifth, as he scored his only two birdies of the day on the par-5 hole. The sophomore finished with 17 pars over the first 36.
The final round is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 am Tuesday morning.