Saturday, March 27, 2004
RICHMOND, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men's golf team finished in a second place tie in the Eastern Kentucky Spring Invitational which concluded Saturday afternoon. Host Eastern Kentucky won the 15-team event held at the Arlington Golf Club. The Tigers fired a 54-hole total of 864 with rounds of 288-289-287 on the par-72 6,638 Arlington course. Morehead State had a final round best of 279 to move into a second place tie with the Tigers. EKU shot an 854 on its home course. The second place tie is another strong showing for TSU. The Tigers had won their previous two tournaments of the spring, earlier at the Samford Intercollegiate and earlier this week at the University of New Orleans Methodist Sportscare Classic. Mark Searle shot a two-under par 214 to lead TSU and finish sixth. Three Tiger teammates were close behind with Robert Dinwiddie shooting a 216 to finish eighth one stroke ahead of Phillip Watkins' 217, which placed him in a ninth place tie. Stu Michaels just missed a top 10 finish with a 218 and a tie for 11th position. Jordan Roberts shot a 226 and was 31st overall. Freshman Matt Buley, competing as an individual, shot a 236. Following the Tigers and Morehead State were Austin Peay 866, Oakland (Mich.) 881, Cincinnati 895, Bellarmine 896, Dayton 899, Wright State 906, Detroit 918, Lewis 920, Youngstown State 935, Cumberland (Ky.) 938, IUPU-Fort Wayne 944, and Chicago State withdrew from the tournament.