Thursday, April 1, 2004
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University men's golf team will attempt to keep its successful start to the 2004 spring season underway by participating in a challenging pair of tournaments within a short span of time. Coach Catana Starks' team will make the long trip to Greenville, North Carolina for the East Carolina Bradford Intercollegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday (April 2-3). Following the final round, the team will journey back to Nashville for a practice round on Sunday for the Belmont Invitational. The Belmont Invitational begins Monday and concludes Tuesday at the Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin. The Tigers have opened the spring season in impressive fashion. TSU has won both the First Annual Samford Invitational and the New Orleans Methodist Sportscare Invitational. The Tigers finished in a tie for second place in last weekend's Eastern Kentucky Invitational. Both tournaments will feature large fields and be 54-hole events. The teams will play 36 holes the first day of each tournament and conclude with a final round of 18 holes. A total of 21 teams will compete for the title at ECU. The Tigers will be competing against a variety of opponents. North Carolina-Wilmington is the defending champion. At the Legends Club, 19 teams will gather for the annual event. TSU will be one of seven Ohio Valley Conference teams in this year's field. Tiger junior Robert Dinwiddie continues to lead the OVC in stroke averages, averaging 71.3 in 7.5 rounds this spring. Mark Searle is fifth at 73.2 while Phillip Watkins is eight at 73.9. Stu Michael has moved in to the top 15, averaging 74.8 to be ranked 13th in this week's OVC statistics. ###