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Monday, April 4, 2005
NASHVILLE --- After heavy rain prevented play following the opening round in Eastern Kentucky's Spring Invitational, the Tennessee State golf team will now turn its attention to defending its title in the Belmont Invitational. The Tigers shot an opening round of 301 on Friday at EKU, but the rain came and forced cancellation of the final two rounds of the scheduled 54-hole tournament. The Tigers were in sixth place, but just 10 shots out of the lead. Host EKU was declared the winner in the 16-team tournament held at par-72, 6,638-yard Arlington Golf Club. Phillips Watkins shot a one-under 71 to lead TSU. Robert Dinwiddie had an opening round 75, followed by Stu Michaels 77, Jordan Roberts 78, and Lawrence Larson 79. The Tigers will make the short trip to Franklin to begin play Monday in another 54-hole scheduled event. The Tigers won last year's tournament with a low tournament record score of 851. Dinwiddie was the medalist with a 208. He also holds two of the three single round records. He had a low second score of 66 in 2003 and tied for the low final round with a 67 set last year. TSU will be one of 17 teams competing on par-71, 7,100 Vanderbilt Legends Club Course.