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Tigers Fourth After Day One at Murray State Invitational
Monday, September 11, 2017
Tigers Fourth After Day One at Murray State Invitational
Rosario Falzone led the Tigers on Day One

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Results
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Event 1: 14th Murray State Invitational
Hosted by: Murray State
Location: Murray, Ky.
Course: Miller Memorial Golf Club
Details: Par-71, Yardage – 6,601
Weather at Start of Round: Round 1 - 61, Partly Sunny; Round 2 - 70, Cloudy
Scoring: Stats Following Each Day at
Place After Round 1: T4th of 14 (+3)
Place After Round 2: 4th of 14 (+5)

Top 5 Teams:

 1.   Murray State   565   -3 
 2.   UT Martin  568   E 
 3.   Western Illinois   571  +3 
 4.   Tennessee State   573  +5 
 5.   Morehead State  574  +6 

MURRAY, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men's golf team opened the 2017-18 season with the first two rounds of the Murray State Invitational. The Tigers started strong, finishing the first round tied for fourth with UT Martin and Evansville. After combining for a 3-over, 287, the Tigers continued their solid play cutting a stroke in the afternoon session with a 2-over, 286.

TSU (287-286=573) will enter the final day trailing tournament host Murray State by eight strokes. The Tigers were led by Rosario Falzone and John Tyminski who are both in the top 10 after 36 holes. Falzone is seven strokes behind UT Martin's Hunter Richardson who leads the field of 89 golfers.Falzone sits just four strokes out of second.

Tyminksi started slow, but stayed patient during the second round looking for his opportunities to make a run later in the day. The sophomore sank a pair of long putts to build confidence as he finished with a 4-under, 67, to move from 40th to ninth in the standings.

Scotty Hudson and Kody Rendleman joined Falzone and Tyminski in scoring for the Tigers in both rounds.

Sam Gatlin, playing as an individual, carded a 5-over, 137, which places him in 35th place after day one.

Drew Owens (Started on Hole 4)

  • Birdies on Holes 8 and 17 during first round
  • No. 8: Hit 2-iron to 30 feet and two putted for birdie
  • No. 17: Hit 2-iron eight feet short of the green; got up-and-down for birdie
  • Two birdies during the afternoon session
  • No. 12: Made a 20-foot putt for birdie
  • No. 14: Cut another stroke with a 12- foot putt

Kody Rendleman (Hole 4)

  • Birdied No. 12, 16 and 17 over the first 18 holes
  • Hit iron shots to inside 10 feet on No. 16 and No. 17
  • Came up short on eagle putt on 17
  • Birdied No. 17 over the second 18 holes
  • Unable to convert on putts over the final few holes

Scotty Hudson (Hole 5)

  • Birdied No. 12, 16 and 17 over the first 18 holes
  • Hit iron shots to inside 10 feet on No. 16 and No. 17
  • Came up short on eagle putt on 17
  • Birdied No. 17 over the second 18 holes
  • Unable to convert on putts over the final few holes

John Tyminski (Hole 6)

  • Struggled with driver early in the day before eventually finding a groove
  • Made one birdie during the first round
  • Fell short of the green on his second shot on the par-5, 17th
  • Got up-and-down for lone birdie of the morning round
  • Made up for two bogeys during the second round with six birdies
  • Birdied the first hole of the second session, the par-4, 6th
  • Hit 62 degree wedge to three feet
  • Lost the stroke on the next hole with a three-putt bogey on No. 7
  • Would get the stroke back a hole later on the par-5, 8th
  • Caught a fortunate break on his drive on No. 17 as he received a generous bounce and lye after hitting cart path
  • Used a 9-iron from 160 yards out to 10 feet; two putted for birdie

Rosario Falzone (Hole 6)

  • Birdied holes No. 1, 2, 12 and 17 during the opening round
  • Made putt from 30 feet on No. 1
  • Hit 4-iron to eight feet on No. 2
  • Continued his strong putting performance with 30 footer for birdie on the par-5, 12th
  • Chipped to a foot on No. 17 to set up birdie
  • During the final 18 holes of day one, made birdies on 9, 12 and 17
  • Made a 20 footer on No. 9 for birdie
  • Hit sand wedge from 80 yards to 15 feet on No. 12 to set up another birdie

(I) Sam Gatlin (Hole 18)

  • Birdied the fourth hole of the day, the par-4, 3rd
  • Hit driver down the middle to 95 yards; followed with a full sand wedge to 15 feet before sinking the putt
  • Birdied his last hole of the day
  • Hit the center of the fairway off the tee box; chunked 3-iron on his second shot and was fortunate to stay short of the water by a foot
  • Hit sand wedge from 87 yards out to 10 feet to set up the birdie putt

Day Two: The final round will take place on Tuesday with a Shotgun Start at 9:00 a.m. The forecast shows 80-percent chance of rain with gusts up to 19 mph and a high of 65.

Leaderboard (89 Golfers)
1. Hunter Richardson (UT Martin) 68-64=132, -10
T5. Rosario Falzone 69-70=139, -3
T9. John Tyminski 74-67=141, -1
T15. Scotty Hudson 70-73=143, +1
T35. Sam Gatlin (I) 73-74=147, +5
T50. Kody Rendleman 74-76=150 +8
T68. Drew Owens 75-79=154 +12

   Fairways   Greens   Putts     Pars   Birdies 
 Drew Owens   8 (8-NA)   11 (11-NA)   --    --  4 (2-2) 
 Kody Rendleman  11 (5-6) 22 (12-10)  65 (32-33)    --  4 (3-1) 
 Scotty Hudson  24 (12-12)   29 (15-14)   66 (32-34)     27 (13-14)   5 (3-2) 
 John Tyminski  14 (7-7)   25 (11-14)   58 (30-28)    --  7 (1-6) 
 Rosario Falzone  9 (6-3)   23 (15-8)   56 (31-25)    --  7 (4-3) 
 Sam Gatlin (I)  16 (9-7)   21 (9-12)   --     27 (14-13)    2 (1-1) 

Sophomore John Tyminski
- On the differences between the two rounds
“I got a couple more putts to fall in round two. I hit the ball better off the tee in the second round and did a better job of picking smarter targets on the green, which gave me more birdie opportunities.”

- On what he can adjust on Tuesday
“I just want to keep doing what I am doing. Pick good targets, play smart and stay calm.”

- On playing in the first event of the season
“I played a couple tournaments this summer that I did pretty well in, but I have been looking forward to getting back out here and playing our school. It’s been a while.”