MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team opened play on Friday morning at the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference golf championships on Friday. The Tigers are in 10th place after day one as they shot a 21-over, 309, at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals on the Par-72, 7,258 yard Fighting Joe course.
The Tigers sit six strokes ahead of Eastern Illinois and just three strokes behind SIU Edwardsville and Morehead State. Belmont leads the team race with a 1–over, 289.
Jacksonville State’s Pablo Torres leads the pack with a 5–under, 67, and is trailed by Ted Moon of Belmont who entered the clubhouse with a 3-under, 69.
Matt Campbell led the Tigers with a 3-over, 75. The senior hit eight fairways and 13 greens on the day leading to one birdie and 13 pars. Campbell knocked a 9-iron to within four feet of the pin for birdie on the par-4, 11th.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn., native highlighted the day with a par on No. 14. Campbell’s second shot landed in the left side bunker. Standing beneath the ball in the trap, the lefty found the green and rolling to within three feet for an up-and-down.
Campbell is currently in a tie for 23rd in the field of 55 golfers and is four shots out of the Top-5.
Todd McGill felt the up and downs of golf as he sank four birdies to finish the front nine at 3-under. The score was the second best in the tournament on the front side. The transfer sophomore ran into trouble on the back side and finished the day with a 5-over, 77.
Jermey Fultz finished the day with a 6-over, 78, as he found 13-of-14 fairways, 11 greens and 29 putts. Fultz notched birdies on back-to-back holes on the front nine. The freshman hit a 7-iron from the tee box to six feet on the par-3, 5th, setting up the first of the day. Fultz followed up by hitting an 8-iron from 170 yards out on the par-4, 6th, to 12 feet for the second.
James Stepp carded a 7-over, 79, for the final score used by the Tigers. The senior hit a lob wedge to 10 feet on the par-4, 4th, for his lone birdie of the day.
Andy Stout registered an 11-over, 83, as he used 34 putts and hit 10 fairways with eight greens. Stout used a pair of lengthy putts to secure birdies through the first round. The freshman dropped a 25-footer on No. 6 and a 35-footer on No. 9 for his two birdies.
On Saturday, Stout will take to the course first for the Tigers at 8:00am and will be followed by Stepp at 8:10am. Fultz will be the next one out foe TSU at 8:20am, followed by McGill at 8:30am and Campbell at 8:40am. TSU will be paired with Eastern Illinois in round two.
Hole-by-hole live results from each day of the championship can be accessed through links at OVCSports.com.