Tigers Finish Third at National Black College Hall of Fame
Atlanta, Ga. - The Tennessee State men’s golf team finished third for the second consecutive year at the National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., tournament. The Tigers shot a 3-under, 285 on the final day on the Par-72, 6,539 yard Browns Mill Golf Course.
TSU shot a 4-over, 292 on Saturday, matching its first round score from a year ago, placing them fourth behind Alabama State, Jackson State and Florida A&M. The charge on day two jumped the Tigers over the Rattlers for a third place finish.
Alabama State (276-280=556) held on to claim their second consecutive title, finishing six shots ahead of Jackson State (284-278=562). TSU (292-285=577) finished 1-over to round out the top three in the field of 17 teams.
Freshman Andy Stout (71-69=140) led the Tigers on the weekend with a top-10 finish, shooting a 4-under for the weekend. James Stepp (71-72=143) returned to form during the second week of competition finishing the two-day event at 1-under. Transfer Todd McGill (75-71=146) and freshman Jermey Fultz (76-73=149) continued solid play for TSU with a 3-over and 5-over, respectively. Matt Campbell (75-75=150) registered a 6-over during his first weekend out for the new season.
Stout hit 12 of 15 fairways during the final round, while finding 15 of 18 greens. The first-year made the turn to No. 10 at 1-over after one birdie and two bogeys through the first nine holes. Stout caught fire as he birdied the first four holes on the back nine to move to 3-under. The Manchester, Tenn. native would give a stroke back on the par-4, 16th, only to get it back on the final hole of the day, the par-5, 18th.
Stepp shot a 1-under on Saturday with five birdies and four bogeys, before turning an Even, 72 on Sunday. The senior notched three birdies and three bogeys, highlighted by his play on the par-4, 5th. Stepp drove a 4-iron off the tee box to set up a wedge shot which landed a foot from the hole to set up birdie.
McGill could only manage nine greens and two birdies on day one, only to bounce back with nine fairways and 12 greens on day two. The sophomore-transfer sank a six-footer on No. 7 and two putted for birdie on 10 for birdies. McGill hit a 6-iron on 17 to three-feet for birdie on his way to a 1-under on Sunday.
Fultz carded nine birdies over two rounds, while Campbell scored four. Campbell found success during both rounds on the par-4, 1st, and recorded a 1-under on No. 8 on Saturday and No. 10 on Sunday.