TSU Golf releases men and women's fall schedule
Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Nashville, Tenn.--- The Tennessee State University men and women's golf teams have announced their fall portion of the 2010-2011 schedule.

The women will compete in four events while the men will participate in five tournaments this fall.

Both teams will open play on September 12-14 when they travel to Montgomery, Ala. to compete in the annual ASU Fall Golf Classic hosted by Alabama State.

The women will then compete on Sept. 19-21 in Hammond, Ill. at Chicago State's Fall Invitational.  The squad will lay dormant until Oct. 10-12 when they play in the Birmingham Southern Shootout in Birmingham, Ala. They will end the fall schedule at Savannah State's Fall Invitational on Nov. 5-7 in Savannah, Ga.

As for the men's squad, their second tourney of 2010 will take place in Atlanta, Ga. during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend from Sept. 24-26. The team will participate in the Black College Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

They will then head back to the green at Daufuskie Island, S.C.  for the Rees Jones Invitational hosted by Michigan State on October 3-5. To conclude the fall, the Tigers will compete in OVC opponent, Austin Peay State's F&M Bank Invitational, from Oct 17-19.

The men are coming off of a second-place finish from last season's 2010 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship after earning their best finish in school history in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Tigers placed fourth overall in the OVC tourney after coming off a dramatic first-place finish in the PGA Minority Championship in 2009.

Returning for the men are seniors Richard Gill and Ryan Smith, juniors Christopher McKay and Dorian Vauls, and sophomore Cameron Scitern.  The squad adds Andrew Warner, Codie Welborn, and Ryan Pierson.

Scitern (76.3), Vauls (77.9), and McKay (79.9) will look to improve behind their seasoned collegiate experience.

Gill and Smith, who finished with the team's best stroke average last year, lead the Tigers. Smith finished with a 74.7 stroke average in 65 rounds of play while posting three top-five finishes last year.  Gill, in 68 rounds, averaged a 75.6 and rounded out in the top ten in three tournaments.

On the women's side, the Tigers return juniors Mya Billingsley, Marie Black, and Jamie Pierce with sophomore Jatoia Potts.  Adding depth to the roster, TSU adds Bria Norris, Shatara Williams, and Laura Brown.

Pierce who averaged an 82.3 last season led the women last year while finishing in three tournaments in the top five. Black (93.1), Billingsley (101), and Potts (121) will look to improve their stroke averages form last season.