2011 OVC Golf predictions released
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University men's golf team was picked to finish the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference race in seventh place in a vote of league head coaches.

Jacksonville State was picked to win the overall title, receiving seven of the nine first-place votes to finish with the most points (63) while defending champion Murray State received the other two votes and finished second (55) in the voting. Eastern Kentucky was tabbed third (50) and followed by Austin Peay (41), UT Martin (37), Eastern Illinois (24), Tennessee State (20), Morehead State (19) and Tennessee Tech (15).

"We are coming off what has probably been our best preseason ever," said head coach Chip Taylor. "We are really good this year. We have a lot of depth and I think we have an opportunity to surprise a lot of teams."

This fall, Tennessee State picked up a first place finish at the National Black College Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. The Tigers also notched a third place finish at the Alabama State Classic and a fourth place spot in the SIU-Edwardsville Fall Classic.

Andrew Warner led the team with a 75.6 average while Richard Gill and Ryan Smith rounded out the top three scorers for TSU with an average of 75.9.

TSU will officially kick-off the spring season, Saturday, Feb.19 at the Frito Lay/AT&T Intercollegiate hosted by Jackson State in Philadelphia, Miss.




Men's Predicted Order of Finish

1.  Jacksonville State (7 first-place)        63

2.  Murray State (2)                              55

3.  Eastern Kentucky                            50

4.  Austin Peay                                    41                    

5.  UT Martin                                        37

6.  Eastern Illinois                                 24

7.  Tennessee State                            20

8.  Morehead State                               19

9.  Tennessee Tech                               15