Dickson, Tenn. – Cameron Scitern and James Stepp helped the Tennessee State men’s golf team cut six shots off of yesterday’s score on the second day of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championships. As a team, the Tigers shot a second round 3-over, 291 on the Par-72, 6,858 yard GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn. Temperatures fell and light rain started to fall midway through the round as they played under cloudy skies and high of 54.
TSU (297-291=588) remains in eighth place after two rounds at 12-over, but are just seven strokes out of third place. Austin Peay continues to pace the field at 9-under.
Stepp entered the clubhouse with the best round of the day, a 4-under, 68. The sophomore is now 3-under for the tournament. Scitern posted a 2-under, 70 and is also at 3-under after two rounds. The Tigers duo is tied for third in the individual standings and is only two strokes behind the leader, Patrick Newcomb from Murray State. The two Tigers are also tied for the second highest amount of birdies over the two days with nine.
Stepp (73-68=141) moved up 14 spots in the standings due to seven birdies and eight pars, as he hit eight fairways, 12 greens in regulation and needed just 27 putts during round two. The day started with a drive off the box that found the rough on the left side of the fairway. His second shot was an 8-iron over a tree that just missed falling for an eagle. Stepp tapped in for his first birdie of the day. He would give the stroke right back on two as his third shot on the par-5, 2nd found water and settled for bogey. The sophomore bounced back with a birdie on the par-3, 3rd to get back to 1-under.
Stepp dropped a stroke on 10, but once again moved to 1-under on the par-5, 12th. The Cheatham native would par the 13th before finishing with a flurry as he birdied three of the next four holes. On the par-4, 15th, Stepp just must holing out for eagle from 124-yards out as his shot with a gap wedge just landed inches away from the cup leaving an easy birdie putt. Stepp just missed four 1-under’s in a row as he just missed a six foot putt on the par-3, 16th.
Scitern (71-70=141) has taken advantage of the par-5’s on the course, as he has carded birdies on seven of the possible eight GreyStone has to offer. The Tiger captain was 1-over through the first eight holes before moving to even on the par-5, 9th. Scitern then used a 58-degree wedge to within five feet of the pin on the next par-5 he faced, the 12th, for the easy putt for the first of back-to-back birdies.
The Rockdale, Texas product was able to drop to 2-under on the day on the 13th, as he rolled in a putt from 40 feet away. On his final par-5, the 17th, Scitern hit a sand wedge to within eight inches to move to 3-under. He would give the stroke back on 18 as his birdie putt from a hill just off the green ran by the hole leaving the senior with two putts for bogey. Scitern moved to 3-under for the tournament despite hitting just nine fairways and 11 greens. He managed to use only 27 putts during round two as his steady play produced 12 pars and four birdies.
Andrew Warner (76-75=151) recorded a double on his first hole of the day and picked up another on the front nine. Warner was able to get two strokes back on the front side with birdies on six and nine to make the turn at 2-over. On the par-3, 6th, the junior used a 5-iron from the tee box at 210-yards to two feet for a makeable birdie putt. Warner once again found himself at 3-over as he came to the final par-3 of the day, the 16th. The Hendersonville native used an 8-iron from 187-yards away to just missing a hole-in-one by six inches. The birdie tap-in brought Warner back to 2-over. A bogey on 18 closed out his day at 3-over as he had a productive day with 12 fairway shots and 13 greens resulting in 11 pars and three birdies.
After a strong start in the first round, Shane Sampair (77-81=158) struggled to have the same success in the second. Sampair found just eight fairways and six greens in regulation, as well as using 32 putts on the day as he entered the clubhouse at 9-over. After paring the first hole, the sophomore transfer bogeyed the next six holes. On the par-4, 8th, Sampair carded his lone birdie of the day as he hit a 56-degree wedge from 100-yards out to one foot of the cup. Sampair notched six of his eight pars of the day on the back nine, including one on the final hole of the day as he used a miraculous up-and-down from just short of the hazard to save par.
Dallas Hill (80-78=158) cut two strokes off of the first round with strong tee shots as he hit 13 fairways and 11 greens, but had to use 33 putts on the day. On the par-4, 7th, Hill hit a 3-wood from 215 out landing just in front of a bunker. He used a flop shot over the bunker on his third to five feet out to save par. The sophomore pared 13 holes in round two and now has 24 during the championships, good for the sixth most of the 55-man playing field.
The Tigers will once again tee off as they have the two previous days. 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 with weather permitting.
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