OVC Men's Golf Championship to be Played April 27-29 at The Shoals
Monday, April 27, 2009
Nashville --- The 2009 Ohio
Valley Conference Men’s Golf Championship will begin Monday, April 27th in
Muscle Shoals, Ala.The three-round 54-hole tournament will be
hosted by JacksonvilleStateUniversity at The Shoals and
concludes with the championship ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th.
The OVC Men’s
Championship tournament features Austin Peay, Eastern
Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech
and UT Martin. Student-athletes will begin with a practice round Sunday before
the first round tees off on Monday at
scoring for each round of the Championship can be accessed through links at
This is the second
consecutive year that the tournament will be held in Muscle Shoals as the
women’s championship was played at the Shoals last year. The teams will play on
the “Fighting Joe” course. The Shoals lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams
on the Tennessee
River. Wheeler Dam is named
in honor of General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler - the only Confederate General
to attain the same rank later in the United States Army. General Wheeler's
intense desire to show that Southerners could be counted on as citizens of the
U.S. prompted him to
volunteer, at age 62, for service in the Spanish-American War.
The east championship course at The
Shoals is named after General Wheeler. Fighting Joe was the first Trail
course to break 8,000 yards, measuring 8,092 yards from the Black tees.
According to the some the spectacular 17th hole is the signature hole on the
course, but the 18th green overlooking Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River will
distract you with its beauty, if not its treachery.
MurrayState will be chasing their
first OVC tournament title in 18 years. The Racers will be led by junior Nick Newcomb who last season earned OVC
second-team All-OVC, All-Newcomer Team, All-Tournament Team, and Tournament MVP
honors. He is coming off a strong regular season with an OVC scoring average of
72.9 which ties him for fourth place this season. Also returning for the Racers
is sophomore Cameron Carrico, who
also garnered OVC second-team All-Conference and All-Newcomer Team honors last
year and senior Mitchell Moore.
Carrico and Moore are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the OVC scoring
Kentucky is looking to defend
its title and capture its third championship in four years.The Colonels have two golfers in the top five
of the Conference individual scoring average leader board. Leading the way are
seniors Trey Bowling and Jesse Massie, both 2008 OVC first-team
all-Conference picks, are ranked second and third in the regular season scoring
Austin Peay will try
to claim its first OVC title since the Govs won three straight titles from
2001-03.The Governors have three
golfers in the top 10 of the Conference individual scoring average with junior
Erik Barnes holding the lowest
average (71.6) in regular season play. He will be joined by teammate Luke Sherrod. Sherrod, a sophomore who
last season earned All-Newcomer Team honors, is ranked eighth in scoring average
MoreheadState seeks its first
Conference championship in 10 years. MSU senior Shawn Tipton was the 2006 OVC
individual medalist and will look to claim individual honors again in 2009.
Tipton tied for 12th in the OVC regular season scoring average (74.0). The
Eagles are led by junior Jeff Pierce
(73.8) in scoring average.
brings back 2008 first-team All-Conference and All-Newcomer member, sophomore Gonzalo Berlin, who has put together a
great season. He will lead the Gamecocks along with teammate Mark Whisenant.Berlin and Whisenant tied
for 15th in OVC scoring averages (74.3).
UT Martin will be led
by senior Brad Stevens. Stevens, a
2006 All-Newcomer team member, finished the season tied for ninth on the
Conference’s individual scoring average list (73.8).
senior Greyson Painter finished the
season tied for ninth on the Conference’s individual scoring average list
(73.8). The team also returns 2007 All-Newcomer Team member Josh Simer and 2008 first-team
All-Conference member John
Illinois had three Top 10 team
finishes during the season. Junior Matt
Bird led the Panthers in scoring average with 74.3. Sophomore Francisco Cherizola, put in a solid
season with a 75.0 scoring average in his second season with the Panthers.
TennesseeState junior Chris Seibel led the team this year
with a 75.3 scoring average. Seibel finished in seventh place at the Butler
Spring Invitational, just seven strokes out of first place.
The OVC will honor its
annual All-OVC teams, All-Newcomer Team and Freshman of the Year at a banquet on
Monday night in Muscle Shoals. The OVC Player of the Year and Coach of the Year,
as well as the All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP, will be presented at the
conclusion of the third round of competition on Wednesday.