ATLANTA, Ga. - The Tennessee State men’s golf team is second after day one of the National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., tournament. The Tigers shot a 1-over, 289, at the Par-72, 6,539 yard Browns Mill Golf Course. TSU trails only Alabama State who fired a 12-under, 276.
“It was rainy and misty all day,” head coach Parrish McGrath said. “Everyone played well today despite the difficult conditions. Everyone kept their focus today and I am very proud of their effort and enthusiasm.”
Jermey Fultz led the Tigers attack by carding a 2-under, 70, and is three strokes behind Edd Hackett and Francis Berthiume, both of ASU. Fultz was steady all day recording three birdies and 14 pars. His first score cutting hole came at the par-4, 9th. Fultz hit a sand wedge to 10 feet for a makeable putt on his third shot.
The last two birdies for the sophomore came as he knocked a lob wedge to three feet on No. 12 and hit a 5-iron to 12 feet on the par-3, 17th.
Drew Owens posted a strong outing in his return to his hometown of Atlanta. Owens was almost perfect off the tee box as he hit 13-of-14 fairways and followed up by finding eight greens. The freshman tallied three birdies during the first round.
Owens converted an up-and-down on No. 18 for his first birdie and followed up 12 holes later with a wedge shot to eight feet. His final one-under came on No. 13 as he drove five yards short of green and almost chipped in for eagle, leaving a short distance for a tap-in putt.
Sam Gatlin scored for the Tigers with a 1-over, 73. The freshman birdied the par-4, 13th, as his drive went left leaving 80 yards to the pin. Gatlin would knock it to 15 feet, which led to the Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native sinking the putt for his lone birdie of the day.
Blake Burgett and Todd McGill each registered 2-over, 74’s, but only Burgett’s would count towards the team score for the round. Burgett hit 10-of-14 fairways, found seven greens in regulation and carded three birdies. The senior started the day with back-to-back 1-unders on No. 18 and No. 1. Burgett used his short game to his advantage with chip-ins on 18 and on the par-3, 14th.
McGill hit 10 greens and 10 fairways on Friday and converted an up-and-down from 20 yards out on No. 10 for birdie. The junior highlighted the day by making a 40-foot putt for birdie on No. 11.
The final round will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, as TSU will try to make up ground on Alabama State.
Jermey Fultz – 70
Drew Owens – 72
Sam Gatlin – 73
Blake Burgett – 74
Todd McGill – 74