NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State closed out the regular season with a fourth place finish at their own Big Blue Invitational at the Hermitage Golf Course. The Tigers shot a 9-over, 297, during the final round to finish at 16-over, 592.
TSU finished one stroke behind Tennessee Tech and 12 strokes behind team champion, Belmont. The Bruins held off a charge by Murray State, who fell one stroke short of a tie for the title.
Belmont was led by individual medalist, Ashton Van Horn, who led the field with a 6-under, 138, over the two days. Sam Gatlin fell off the pace with a 3-over, 75, on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth. Jermey Fultz led the charge for the Tigers as he completed the day with a 1-under, 71, and at 1-under, 143, to claim third in the field of 89.
Fultz recorded the third most birdies of the tournament with eight and led all players in play of the par-3’s for the two days at 2-under. On Tuesday, Fultz found success with his wedge as he hit to within three feet of the hole from 60 yards on par-4, 4th, and from 102 yards out on the par-4, 5th, to notch birdies. He continued his strong play with another 1-under on the par-5, 8th, where he got up-and-down.
The sophomore chipped in on the par-3, 12th, from 25 feet, then proceeded to birdie 15 from 20 feet as he hit a 7-iron from 147 into the wind.
Gatlin finished the BBI with the second most birdies, nine, of all golfers and was second best in play of all par-4’s with play at 4-under.
Rosario Falzone posted the third lowest scoring round for the Tigers with a 2-over, 74. The freshman hit nine fairways and nine greens on Tuesday, while notching a pair of birdies. Falzone registered his first as he chipped from 20 feet on the par-4, 10th, and sank a 30-foot putt on the par-4, 18th, for his second.
Todd McGill delivered the final scoring mark for TSU with a 5-over, 77, while Drew Owens shot a non-scoring 89.
Blake Burgett carded a 91 and Myles Rivers posted a 92, playing as individuals.
The Tigers will take a week off before competing at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships on April 25-27.
3. Jermey Fultz 72-71=143
4. Sam Gatlin 69-75=144
35. Rosario Falzone 78-74=152
56. Todd McGill 80-77=157
76. Drew Owens 76-89=165
84. Blake Burgett (I) 81-91=172
88. Myles Rivers (I) 98-92=190