HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team completed the first two rounds of the F&M Bank Austin Peay Intercollegiate. The Tigers finished the day 22-over on the Par-72, 7,132 yard Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky.
TSU (298-300=598) is in 14th place and are eight strokes out of a spot in the top 10. Fellow Ohio Valley Conference opponent, Belmont, leads the charge with a 555, 21-under.
Andrew Warner (74-73=147) shot 3-over on the first day and is tied for 39th in the 87 man field. On the day, Warner hit 19 fairways and 23 greens as he led the Tigers. The senior dropped five birdies, one in round one and four in the second, and found continued success on the par-5, 12th. The first time on 12, Warner hit a gap wedge from 110 yards out to within three feet for the easy putt. The second time through, Warner overshot the green, but was able to chip in for birdie. Warner highlighted the second round with a birdie on the par-4, 11th, as he hit a gap wedge from 110 yards to six inches for birdie.
Dallas Hill (78-74=152) went from a non-scoring 78 to a 2-over, 74, during the second round. On the day, Hill finished with 17 fairways, 18 greens and 57 putts, including 27 in the later round. The junior opened the day 7-over after the first six holes. Hill settled in and shot 1-over for the final 30 holes. Hill found a spark during the morning session when he sank a 45-foot putt on his seventh hole, the par-5, 18th, and followed with a birdie on the par-4, 1st. To start the second nine, Hill stuck a 7-iron from 150 yards two feet from the pin for a tap-in birdie.
During the afternoon session, Hill once again birdied 18 when he sank a five-foot putt after a gap wedge from 112 yards set up the chance to get a stroke back. Two holes later, the Nashville native hit a 7-iron from 162-yards, setting up a seven foot putt he would sink for birdie.
Senior Codie Welborn (73-76=149) used consistency to hit 25 of 28 fairways and 24 of 36 greens as he posted a 5-over after two rounds. The senior carded three birdies over the first 18-holes and two during the final 18. Welborn used a solid putting game to record his birdies, with a pair of 12-footers, a 20-footer in the afternoon on the 1st and a 40-footer on the 5th during the first round.
James Stepp (73-77=150) used 24 out of 28 fairways and 28 greens to post 30 pars on the day. Stepp scored a 1-over during the first round, but fell off the pace with a 5-over, 77 in round two.
Blake Burgett (78-80=158) notched the lone eagle of the day for the Tigers. Burgett hit a driver off the box on the par-4, 7th, to 170 yards out. He proceeded to use a 6-iron into the wind high to the flag that bounced five feet from the hole and found its way into the hole. Burgett finished the day with 13 greens in each round and 17 fairways.
The Tigers will play their final round of the fall on Tuesday morning at 8:30am.
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