MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team concluded the Murray State Invitational with its best round to hold onto fifth place. The Tigers shot a team 14-over, 298, during the final round at the Par-71, 6,601 yard Miller Memorial Golf Course.
The host Racers claimed the title by shooting a 1-over, 853. Individual honors went to Branson Ferrier of Alabama State who defeated MSU’s Brock Simmons on the first playoff hole.
Jermey Fultz (76-71-76=223) finished as the Tigers top finisher tying for 20th. Fultz hit 11 greens during the final round, while recording four birdies. His first came on the par-4, 7th, as he stuck his second shot from 40 yards out to one foot of the hole. The sophomore followed up his first birdie by reaching the green off the tee box on the par-4, 11th, and two putted to cut a stroke off his score.
Senior Blake Burgett (79-77-71=227) made a charge on the final day by jumping 13 spots in the standings. Burgett carded an Even, 71, as he hit seven fairways and 11 greens.
The Nashville product drove the green on No. 11 and two putted for his first birdie of the day. Burgett then hit a six-iron on his second shot into No. 13 and sank a 10-foot putt to cut another stroke from his score. The senior drove it green side on the par-4, 6th, and converted an up-and-down for birdie.
Drew Owens and Todd McGill recorded the final two scores for TSU on Tuesday. Owens (74-76-77=227) earned a pair of birdies on the day with an up-and-down on No. 12 and reached the green in two and two-putted on No. 17.
McGill (73-85-74=232) used his short-game to bounce back from a rough second round. The junior used his wedge to chip within five feet on the par-5, 12th, and to three feet on the par-4, 3rd.
Rosario Falzone (82-78-80=240) finished the day by hitting seven fairways and 11 greens. The freshman highlighted his round as he hit a cut 3-iron to five feet on the par-3, 18th.
Sam Gatlin (75-79-76=230), playing as an individual, found success on the par-5, 4th, as he hit wedge from 134 yards out to 20 feet of the flag. He continued his play on No. 11 by knocking his tee shot pin high, 10 yards off the green. Gatlin chipped to four feet to set up a birdie on his way to a 5-over, 76.
The Tigers continue its torrid schedule to start the season as they just completed its fourth day on the course during a nine day span. TSU will reach seven days during the time period as they compete in the National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., Tournament beginning on Friday, Sept. 25 in Atlanta, Ga.
T20. Jermey Fultz 76-71-76=223
T33. Drew Owens 74-76-77=227
T33. Blake Burgett 79-77-71=227
47. Todd McGill 73-85-74=232
55. Rosario Falzone 82-78-80=240
T41. Sam Gatlin 75-79-76=230