Event 1: 16th 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 3: 73, Sunny
Scoring: Stats Following Each Day at tsutigers.com
Place After Round 3: 5th of 17 (+19)
Top 5 Teams:
|4.||Southern Illinois (B)||869||+17|
MURRAY, Ky. --- The Tennessee State men’s golf team posted its best score of the Murray State Invitational to help climb in the standings. The Tigers posted a 1-over, 285, the fourth best team round of the day, which propelled the squad to a fifth place finish. Murray State claimed the title at 22-under, four strokes in front of runner-up UT Martin.
Kamren James continued his solid debut with a 3-under, 68, on the final day. Only one other golfer in the entire field of 95 golfers carded a lower round on Tuesday. Jack Story of UT Martin shot 63 in the third round as he went on to claim the individual title at 18-under.
James played bogey free golf over the final 18 holes, making three birdies. The Van Nuys, Calif. native hit his approach shot to within three feet on holes No. 3 and No. 4 for back-to-back birdies. The 15 pars gave the freshman 43 for the tournament. The total was the best of all golfers, besting the runner-ups by four. James finished the two-day event in a tie for ninth at 3-under.
Tyler Woods finished one shot off of James, with a 2-under, 69. After three putting on his first two holes of the day, No 8 and No. 9, Woods bounced back with a birdie on the par-4, 10th. The senior used a flip wedge to about 12 feet setting up the makeable putt.
Despite giving the score back on the next hole, Woods went on to birdie four of the next seven holes with no bogeys to complete the side at 4-under. The highlight of the day came on No. 15, as Woods was able to move back to Even par on the day. The Palmyra, Ill. product hit a driver off the tee, leaving 95 yards. Woods hit a wedge to 25 feet before draining the lengthy putt dead center for birdie.
Lane Hooper and Landon Albert both fired a 3-over, 74, to score for the Tigers in the final round. Hooper opened the day strong by making a 25-foot uphill putt for birdie on No. 8.
Allen Stokes carded a non-scoring 81 during the third round of his collegiate debut. Stokes opened the day at 1-under with a birdie on the second hole of the day. The freshman notched birdies on back-to-back holes beginning on No. 6 where he drove his tee shot to within 43 yards of the flag.
Playing as an individual, John Stokes fired an 80 on Tuesday. The sophomore transfer missed out on a hole in one on the par-3, 2nd, and settled for a tap in birdie.
NEXT UP: The Tigers will have just a couple days to prepare as they return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the EKU Raising Cane's tournament. The two-day event consists of 36 holes on day one followed by 18 on Sunday.
Tyler Woods (79-76-69=224)
- Hit 13 greens on the day
- Used 29 putts
- Made seven birdies on Tuesday
- Finished tournament with 12 birdies
- Sixth most birdies in the field
Lane Hooper (76-73-74=223)
- Hit nine of 14 fairways
- Found 13 of 18 greens and 9 fairways
- Birdied first hole of the day, No. 8
Landon Albert (67-75-74=216)
- Hit only two fairways
- Found eight greens
- Used 28 Putts
- Played the Par 3s at 1-under
- Second best result on Par 3s for the tournament
Kamren James (70-72-68=210)
- Hit 15-of-18 greens in regulation
- Made 29 putts
- Made 15 Pars and three birdies
- Played Par 3s at E, third best outcome
- Played Par 4s at 3-under, fourth best result
Allen Stokes (77-84-81=242)
- Hit six fairways
- Found seven greens
- Carded two birdies
John Stokes (82-81-80=243)
- Hit four fairways
- Found eight greens
- Made two birdies
Leaderboard (95 Golfers)
1. Jack Story (UT Martin) 68-64-63=195, -18
T19. Kamren James 70-72-68=210, -3
T19. Landon Albert 67-75-74=216, +3
T48. Lane Hooper 76-73-74=223, +10
T68. Tyler Woods 79-76-69=224, +11
85. Allen Stokes 77-84-81=242, +29
89. John Stokes (I) 82-81-80=243, +30