Murray, Ky. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team dropped one spot on the final day of the Murray State Invitational. The Tigers (289-296-300=885) finished sixth in the 13-team field at the Par-71, 6,601-yard Miller Memorial Golf Course.
Alabama State earned the title with a team 7-over, while Wright State finished second at 17-over. Murray State shot 17-over, UT Martin, 20-over and Eastern Kentucky 22-over all finished just ahead of TSU at 33-over.
Freshman Jermey Fultz recorded his second consecutive Even, 71, leading the Tigers as he completed the Invitational tied for 13th at 4-over. Transfer Todd McGill struggled a bit on day two shooting a 7-over, 78. McGill still managed to secure a top 20 finish with a three round, 6-over.
Andy Stout fired a 4-over, 75 for the second round in a row to score for TSU, along with James Stepp who came in with a 5-over, 76.
Fultz (75-71-71=217) found 14 of 18 greens on the day as he opened the final round by draining a 15-foot putt for birdie. The Knoxville product closed out the round as he opened, with a birdie, on No. 4. Fultz entered the clubhouse at the end of play with 12 pars, three birdies and three bogeys’.
McGill (67-74-78=219) hit 11 of 15 fairways, but found just half of the 18 greens. McGill attacked the steep incline on the par-4, 1st, by lifting an 8-iron to within 10 feet of the flag to set up his lone birdie of the day.
The par-4, 10th, mirrors No. 1 with an elevated tee box with a severe drop to the fairway, only to climb back up to the green. Stout (74-75-75=224) was able to lift a wedge shot to a manageable putting distance for birdie. Two holes later, Stout took advantage of the par-5, 12th, as his 9-iron on the third shot allowed him to sink a makeable putt for his second birdie of the round.
Stepp (73-76-76=225) opened the final round with three birdies over the first six holes. His second shot on the par, 7th, settled 10 feet from the hole setting up the first of his three 1-under’s. The senior ran into trouble on the par-5, 8th, as his third shot sailed the green. Stepp turned the errant shot into his second birdie as he chipped-in from the rough.
On the drivable par-4, 11th, Stepp’s tee shot landed short of the green. The Cheatham, Tenn. native proceeded to chip over the right side bunker to eight feet underneath the hole to set up his final score cutter for the round.
Blake Burgett (77-81-83=241) suffered a major setback on the par-4, 5th, adding nine strokes to his count. The junior was steady most of the day as he opened the round with a birdie on No. 8. On the par-3, 18th, Burgett found the small landing area, avoiding the protective sand trap, on the top tier on the right side of the green with a 7-iron to give himself a short putt for birdie.
Burgett would close out the day as his drive cleared the trees on the left side of the fairway leaving a short distance to the green. The Nashville product used a wedge to set up a makeable putt to end the tournament on a positive note.
The Tigers return to the course next week in Atlanta, Ga. as they take part in the National Black College Hall of Fame tournament. The two-day event begins on Monday, Sept. 29.