SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State men’s golf team bounced back from a rough start to the spring season by teaming for a 16-over, 304, during the first round of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers are currently tied with Wright State and sit seven strokes behind Austin Peay and six strokes behind the host Tennessee Tech.
Jermey Fultz and Sam Gatlin entered the clubhouse after the first round tied for 17th with a 3-over, 75. Fultz dropped a 10-foot putt for birdie on No. 8 as he hit 13 greens and used 30 putts on the day.
Gatlin needed just 25 putts through the first 18 holes and found 10 greens and nine fairways. The sophomore got off to a hot start with birdie his first hole, No. 9, after hitting a 5-iron to 10 feet made and making putt. Gatlin closed out the session with back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and No. 8.
On No. 7, Gatlin drove the middle of the fairway off the tee and hit hybrid to 50 yards out. Gatlin set up his first of his final two birdies with a lob wedge to 10 feet. On the last hole of the day, Gatlin just missed an eagle as he used a 7-iron out of the tall rough to six inches of the pin setting up a tap-in birdie.
Todd McGill and John Tyminski posted the final two scoring rounds for the Tigers with a pair of 5-over, 77’s. McGill used his own set of back-to-back birdies to pace his play. On No. 2, McGill hit a 3-iron to 10 feet for the first of his two score cutters. The senior drained a 15-footer on No. 3, after hitting a wedge shot onto the green.
Scotty Hudson bogeyed eight of his final 12 holes to card a 9-over, 81, despite hitting 10-of-14 fairways and 10-of-18 greens. Hudson made birdie on No. 12, landing his approach shot from 110 yards to three feet of the flag.
The men will return to the course for day two of the three day event at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday.