RICHMOND, Ky. --- The first two rounds of the EKU Intercollegiate sponsored by Raising Cane’s is in the books with Tennessee State sitting in 18th and its work cut out for them. The Tigers (307-303) fired a team 50-over, 610, and are in position to move up three spots during the final round on Sunday.
The host Colonels carded an 8-under, 552, and holds a three stroke lead over Cleveland State.
Drew Owens, Rosario Falzone, Jermey Fultz and Todd McGill each scored in both rounds for TSU. Owens got off to a slow start in the morning session with no birdies and posting an 8-over, 70. The sophomore bounced back in the afternoon session converting on three birdies on his way to a 1-over, 71.
Owens leads the Tigers in the standings tied for 66th in the field of 100 golfers with a 9-over, 149. It took the Atlanta product 26 holes on the day to record his first score-cutter. Owens hit a stinger 2-iron to eight feet of the flag from 215 yards, before draining the putt on the par-3, 7th.
Owens found success on a pair of par-4’s on the back nine of the final round of the day. The first-year hit a wedge shot to five feet on No. 10 and hit a 7-iron from 165 yards out to five feet of the hole on No. 13.
Falzone was the lone Tiger to find early success. The sophomore converted on a pair 12-foot putts for birdies over the first seven holes and sat at 1-over with five holes to play in round one. Falzone finished 5-over in the morning session and 6-over in the afternoon for an 11-over, (75-76) 151. Falzone was able to sink putts from 15 and 30 feet, respectively, for two of his three birdies during the round.
McGill (76-79=155) hit a pitching wedge to six inches on the par-4, 4th, setting up the first of his two birdies during the morning, The senior then reached the green on the par-5, 12th, in two and two-putted for birdie.
Fultz hit 25 of 36 greens holes and registered three birdies on the day as he shot a 15-over, 155.
Kody Rendleman (80-79) posted a 19-over, 159, in his first outing as a Tiger. The junior college transfer carded birdies on two of his final eight holes of the day.
The Tigers conclude play on Sunday with one 18-hole round beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET.