Golf notches 7th in rain-shortened OVC championship
Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Dickson, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University men's golf team finished the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Championship in seventh place after inclement weather in the area prevented play on day three.

Tennessee State shot 287 in the opening round and was tied for second place before slipping to seventh after shooting 307 in round two.  TSU finished the tournament with an 18-over-par 594.

Heavy rains and severe weather moved into the Dickson and middle Tennessee area late on Tuesday night which left the course water-logged and with more rain and storms predicted throughout the day, the tournament committee decided early on Wednesday to cancel the final 18 holes.

By completing just 36 holes it marked the first time since the 2000 Championship that the event had not gone the scheduled 54-hole distance (it also went 36 holes in that year when Middle Tennessee claimed the crown).

Tennessee State was paced by senior Richard Gill who finished in a tie for ninth with a one-under-par 143. He opened the tournament with a (-4) 68 before carding a 75 in the second round. Senior Ryan Smith shot (-1) 71 in the first round before turning in a score of 76 in round two. He finished in a tie for 19th with a score of 147.

Sophomore Cameron Scitern finished in a five-way tie for 28th after rounds of 74 and 77 to total (+7) 151. Freshmen Ryan Pierson (74-79) and Andrew Warner (74-79) rounded out the scorers for TSU as they finished in a deadlock for 35th place with identical scores of (+9) 153.

Jacksonville State, who also won OVC Championships in 2004 and 2007, had a commanding 18-stroke lead after round two of the Championship. JSU finished with a 15-under-par 561.Tennessee Martin placed second with a (+3) 579 while Murray State grabbed third and scored (+4) 580.

It marks the fourth time in the last five years that the team championship had been decided by more than 10 strokes. It also marks the fourth different school to win the OVC Men's Golf Championship over the last four seasons.

Tennessee State will conclude the spring season with the PGA National Minority Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida, May 5-8. Last season, the Tigers finished the tournament in second place.