HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team closed out the fall portion of its schedule with a ninth place finish at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. The Tigers (288-291-289=868) finished 4-over at the Par-72, The Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky.
On Monday, the 11-team field played the course at 6,930 yards for the first two rounds and finished the tournament on Tuesday at 6,972 yards. Belmont claimed the team title 32–under, 832.
Todd McGill (73-72-71=216) paced the Tigers scoring in all three rounds, leading the way over the final two. McGill fired a 1-over, 73, during the opening round with the help of a pair of birdies. On the par-5, 9th, the junior hit a 3-wood to six feet and used two putts to cut a stroke. McGill closed out the first round with a wedge shot to 10 feet on No. 17.
On Monday afternoon, McGill started to gain momentum with a wedge shot to five feet for birdie on No. 3 and a 3-wood to 10 feet, using two putts on No. 9 to cut another stroke from his score. The Knoxville product would drain 25 footers on No. 11 and No. 16 to round out the first day.
McGill recorded his best round of the two-day event on Tuesday with a 1-under, 71. He was able to hit 12-of-14 fairways, 14 greens and three birdies. McGill hit a 7-iron to 15 feet on No. 1 before knocking down back-to-back 1-unders on five and six.
Drew Owens (73-72-72=217) finished a stroke behind McGill with consistent play, registering 37 pars, the fourth highest amount of the tournament. Owens concluded the three rounds with eight birdies and nine bogeys.
On the par-5, 12th, on Monday afternoon, Owens used a wedge from 60-yards out landing three feet from the cup for the makeable putt. The freshman entered the clubhouse on Tuesday with birdies on four of his last seven holes to shoot even par.
Sam Gatlin (70-75-74=219) tied McGill for the fourth highest amount of pars, while scoring in all three rounds for the Tigers. On Monday morning, Gatlin picked up four birdies, including on the par-5, 6th, by getting up-and-down. During the later round, the freshman hit from 100-yards out to 12-feet for birdie on the par-4, 13th.
Gatlin ended the tournament with 13-of-14 fairways, 12 greens, and three birdies. On the par-5, 9th, the Mt. Juliet native drove down the middle off the tee box setting up a second shot that landed just short of the green. Gatlin chipped up leaving a tap-in for birdie.
Blake Burgett (72-77-72=221) scored for the Tigers during the first and third rounds. Burgett highlighted the week with an Eagle on the final day. The senior was one of seven golfers who accomplished the feat over the three rounds.
On the par-4, 11th, Burgett holed-out from 120-yards out. The ball hit four feet in front of the pin and bounced into the cup.
During Monday’s action, Burgett hit 18-of-28 fairways, 25-of-36 greens-in-regulation and six birdies. The Nashville product found success in both rounds with birdies on No. 9. Along with the Eagle on Tuesday, Burgett knocked down 20-foot putts for birdie on back-to-back holes, starting at No. 6.
Rosario Falzone (80-72-76=228) struck the ball well during the first round as he hit 10 fairways and 13 greens, but just missed on the green. Falzone used 37 putts as he ran over the edges of the cup, shooting an 8-over, 80.
The redshirt-freshman bounced back in the afternoon by cutting seven putts from the morning session, resulting in a team-scoring Even, 72. Falzone picked up four birdies during the second round beginning with an 8-iron to six feet on No. 2. On No. 6, the Nashville native found himself just off the green in two and converted an up-and-down for bird.
Falzone also used his irons to surge in the afternoon. On No. 7, he used a 5-iron from the waste area to 12 feet of the pin on his way to his third birdie. On the par-5, 18th, Falzone closed out his run of birdies as he hit his wedge from 40 yards out to six feet of the flag.
On the final day, the first-year Tiger hit seven fairways, nine greens and 29 putts. Falzone sunk a 35-foot putt on No. 18 and a 25-footer on No. 5 for birdies.
26. Todd McGill 73-72-71=216
31. Drew Owens 73-72-72=217
39. Sam Gatlin 70-75-74=219
46. Blake Burgett 72-77-72=221
58. Rosario Falzone 80-72-76=228