Warner places 11th at Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Warner places 11th at Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

Sevierville, Tenn. - The men's team returned to the course at 8:30 am to finish the last hole of round one at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech. As a team, the Tigers shot a 24-over, 312 and were in seventh place; 17-strokes behind Evansville, on the Par-72, 6,928 yard River Course at the Sevierville Golf Club. In the final round, TSU dropped to finish ninth after shooting a 320.

The course was still saturated due to rainfall from yesterday and showed areas on casual water. Tuesday was played under mostly sunny skies with a slight breeze with temperatures in the low 50's.

James Stepp, Andrew Warner and Shane Sampair paced the Tigers through the first 18-holes, as each recorded a 4-over, 76. Dallas Hill finished with a 12-over, 84, while Matt Campbell shot a 90.

In the second round, Warner (76-74=150) hit a 7-iron for 160-yards to within five feet to pick up a birdie on the par-5 18th. On the par-4 second, he once again used the 7-iron from 195 out and left the ball three feet from the hole. Warner converted to register his second birdie in three holes. The junior was running well during the second round and chipped to an inch of the hole on one to save par as he shot a 2-over, 74.

Warner improved 11 spots as he finished tied for 15th with a two round 6-over, 150. Warner finished just seven strokes off the leader, Brandon Rogers of Tennessee.

Stepp (76-77=153) shot a 5-over 77 in the second round and remained in a tie for 26th as he finished 9-over on the tournament. He found 11 fairways and hit 13 greens in the final round. Stepp found the water off the tee on the par-4 sixth. Stepp was on the green 40 feet away from the pin after hitting an 175-yard 7-iron. Stepp then drained the 40-footer to save par.

Sampair (76-83=159) fell off the pace he set with his 4-over in the first round. The sophomore transfer shot an 11-over, 83 to finish the two-day event at 15-over. Sampair found 11 fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He sank a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 10th and saved a par on the first with a great up-and-down from the rough as he hit onto the steep green.

Campbell (90-86=176) found his way onto all four fairways as he improved his second round from the first with an 86. On the 18th, Campbell dropped a five foot putt for birdie after hitting a 7-iron 165 yards to set up the putt. The highlight of the day for Campbell came on the par-5 seventh. The sophomore used a lob-wedge from 100 yards out to reach the green. He then ran a 30-foot putt from right to left into the hole for a birdie.

Hill (84-96=180) finished the day with five fairways and five greens on his way to a 96 in the final round.

The men will have two weeks off until they travel to Jonesboro, Ark., to participate in the Arkansas State Red Wolves Intercollegiate on March 31-April 2.