Golf in Ninth after First Round of Grover Page Classic
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jackson, Tenn. - Battling through a day full of weather delays at the Grover Page Classic, the Tennessee State University men’s golf team shot an 18-over-par 306 and finds itself in ninth place after the first round.


The Tigers were led by the tandem of Chris Seibel and Drew Bobo, who both carded one over-par 73s on the day and are tied for 16th in the individual competition.


Also playing for Tennessee State as individuals in the Grover Page Classic were Ryan Smith, Richard Gill, and Lawrence Larson. Smith and Gill both recorded 8-over-par 80 and are tied for 62nd. Larson shot an 86 and is currently 84th.

Named for legendary UT Martin golf coach Grover Page, the Grover Page Classic is a 36-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the University of Tennessee at Martin and hosted at Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. The 90-player field is made up of 16 teams, including six from Tennessee, and 10 participants competing as individuals. The par-72 Jackson Country Club course plays at 6,783 yards.

Originally scheduled as a 54-hole tournament, the influx of inclement weather has forced the modification of the Grover Page Classic to a 36-hole tournament. Second round action will resume Tuesday morning at Jackson Country club at 9 a.m

With an eye to the radar, the Grover Page Classic tournament committee moved first round action up an hour to 7:30 a.m. in efforts to avoid as much of the inclement weather as possible. After about four holes had been completed the first weather delay came and lasted 27 minutes. Play resumed, but before all groups could complete their first nine holes, the second weather delay set in. This time play was halted for over an hour and a half. When play resumed for the second time the first round was completed and play immediately began in the second round. Three holes were completed in second round action before the third and final line of rain showers passed through, ending play for the day.