Tigers Improve to Finish 11th out of 20 at Red Wolf Intercollegiate
Jonesboro, Ark. –Tennessee State recorded the seventh best team score of the day helping them to an 11th place finish at the Red Wolf Intercollegiate hosted by Arkansas State. The Tigers used their second consecutive 14-over, 298 to finish the 20-team tournament on the Par-71, 6,551 yard RidgePointe.
James Stepp and Shane Sampair carded 3-over, 74’s, while Cameron Scitern and Andrew Warner checked in with 4-over, 75’s. The consistent play of the Tigers was supported by the non-countable 6-over, 77 by Codie Welborn.
Stepp (73-75-74=222) finished with ten pars and three birdies to record a 3-over on the day and completed the 54-hole event in a tie for 26th at 9-over. Stepp lost four strokes over the first five holes on Tuesday morning before getting on track with back-to-back birdies on the par-4, 18th and the par-4 1st. The sophomore dropped his final birdie of the tournament on the par-4, 9th.
Warner (77-70-75=222) finished tied with Stepp at 9-over and tied for 26th. The junior started the day 1-under with a birdie on the second hole of play. Warner looked to continue his success from the second round with his start on the par-4, 12th. Warner ran into trouble on the par-4, 14th as he lost three strokes. Birdies on the par-4, 9th and the par-4, 16th helped round out his day.
Scitern (76-75-75=226) finished the final round with 11 pars and two birdies as he carded a 4-over 75. The par-3, 17th and the par-4, 2nd saw the senior grab 1-under’s for the first time over the two days. Scitern jumped seven spots to 45th with a 13-over.
After struggling over the first two rounds, Sampair (83-79-74=236) charged back on the final day with a 3-over, 74. The sophomore used 10 pars over the first 12 holes to try and salvage miscues on holes 14, two and seven. Sampair caught fire by knocking down three birdies over the final five holes of his round. He began with the back-to-back par-4’s on eight and nine. His final birdie came on the par-4, 11th.
Welborn (81-78-77=236) shot his tournament best 6-over, 77 on Tuesday morning. He stayed consistent through his final 18-holes with 12 pars and a birdie on the first. Welborn also birdied the first during the first round on Monday morning.
The Tigers will take a week off as they prepare to host the Tiger Invitational at Hermitage Golf Course on April 15 and 16.