Tuesday, March 28, 2006
NASHVILLE. --- The Tennessee State men's golf team will return to its spring schedule in a busy way with a couple of upcoming tournaments. The Tiger golfers will make the long drive to the East Carolina University's Bradford Creek Invitational over the weekend and then return for the Annual Belmont Invitational which gets underway next Monday. TSU is returning to action for the first tome since earlier this month when the team competed in the North Alabama Spring Classic. Prior to that the team's only action in the new year was in the Samford Invitational in late February. Both of the upcoming tournaments will feature strong fields and first-year coach Michael Knight is hoping his team will display consistency. "We have had players to have good rounds, but a bad hole her and there has hurt us at times," the Tiger coach said. "Hopefully, this time off has allowed us to work on our games and we can avoid the lapses that have hurt our averages." TSU junior Phillip Watkins is currently ninth in the Ohio Valley Conference with a stroke average of 72.8 per round, which includes the fall schedule. Watkins finished fourth at the Samford Invitational in tough conditions with a three round total of 218. Watkins had led the tournament after the first round with a 69. Watkins performance led TSU to a sixth place finish in the 11 team field on the par-72, 6,987-yard course. Watkins topped the performance in the Samford event as he was the top individual in the UNA Spring Classic. Watkins had rounds of 71 and 79 to finish with a 150 to take top individual honors. As a team, TSU was ninth in field of 24 schools. The Tigers will play Friday-Saturday at ECU, return home for Sunday's practice round. The Belmont Invitational will be held at a new site this year, the Old Natchez Country Club.