MORGANTOWN, N.C. - The men's golf team brushed off a tough second round to fight back and climb back to a ninth place finish in the 17 team field at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State University. The Tigers (289-299-292=880) finished 40-over, 26 shots behind team champion Lynn, on the Par 70, 6,718 yard course at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
Cameron Scitern shot an even-par 70 on Tuesday to jump nine spots and was the top TSU finisher at 27th 8-over. On the third hole of the day, Scitern (73-75-70=218) had issues with the par-4 8th, for the second straight round, this time with a double bogey, to give him a 5-over 75 for the round and move him to 8-over. The senior suffered setbacks at 12 and 13, but found success on the 14th with a birdie. The senior added four more birdies over the final nine holes.
Andrew Warner (69-76-75=220) returned to the course and finished his second round with four pars for a 6-over 76, putting him at 5-over through two. Warner stayed consistent through the final round and carded a birdie on the par-4 5th, as he did on Monday morning, and on the par-4 18. The Hendersonville native stumbled with three bogies on the last four holes and entered the clubhouse at 10-over for the tournament and placed 36th in the 93 player field.
James Stepp (77-75-71=223) recorded a birdie on his second hole of play to start the morning and finished with a 5-over 75, placing himself with a 12-over heading to the final round. Stepp nabbed four birdies during the final round, including two of his final three holes, for a 1-over 71. The sophomore increased his play each round and completed the two-day event at 13-over.
Codie Welborn (76-73-78=227) started today's play with bogies on two of the first three holes, but closed out his second round with a birdie on nine. He topped the TSU leaderboard for the session with a 3-over 73 and at 9-over for the tournament. Welborn shot an 8-over during the final round and finished 17-over.
Dallas Hill (71-83-76=230) tried to get back to the form which allowed him to shoot a 1-over through the first 18 holes, but could not find the groove out of the gate on Tuesday morning. Hill finished the last four holes 4-over and shot a 13-over 83 for the round. The Nashville product headed to the back nine for final round play and registered seven pars through the first ten, after having just seven in the previous 18. Hill garnered success on the par-5 14th with a birdie for the second time in as many days. He carried the momentum as he crossed over to the front nine and knocked down birdies on two and four. The sophomore ended play with a 6-over, 20-over for the tournament.
The Tigers will close out their fall schedule next week at the F&M Bank Intercollegiate hosted by Austin Peay. A practice round is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 with tournament play on tap over the next two days in Hopkinsville, Ky.