Tigers Climb Two Spots, Finish Fourth
BUCHANAN, Tenn. – Day two started the same as day one at the Skyhawk Fall Classic at Paris Landing State Park. The teams had to wait for an hour and a half before they could take to the course on the final 18-holes of play in the 54-hole event. The course played well considering the saturation from the overnight rains; instead, it would be the gusting winds at the Par-72, 6,685 yard course that would be the challenge.
Tennessee State, along with Southern Illinois, were the only teams in the top eight who carded scores lower than at least one round from Monday. In doing so, the Tigers were able to surpass Murray State and Jackson State to claim fourth place with a 7-over, 296. It marks the second consecutive Top-5 finish for TSU to open the season.
TSU (297-285-296=878) finished the two-day tournament with a 15-over, 878. Alabama State (281-278-294=853) shot a 12-under to claim the team title, holding off host UT Martin (285-280-291=856) who came up short at 9-under.
The Skyhawks Brandon Caballero earned top honors at 9-under for the Classic. Senior James Stepp shot a 1-over, 73, during the final round to finish in eighth place at 2-under.
Andy Stout fell off the pace today with a 4-over, 76, to finish 12th at 2-over. Jermey Fultz matched Stepp on the day, to conclude play one place and one stroke behind Stout.
Senior Dallas Hill posted the final scoring round for the Tigers on Tuesday with a 2-over, 74, while Todd McGill recorded a non-scoring 78.
Stepp (72-69-73=214) ran into trouble on the second hole of the day as he recorded his lone bogey of the day after three-putting the par-4, 7th. Stepp would par the other 17 holes on the day and finished the classic leading all participants with 42 pars. The senior hit 10 fairways on Tuesday and 15 greens, running his greens in regulation streak to 33 out of 36.
Fultz (75-71-73=219) used four consecutive birdies at the end of today’s round to help the Tigers charge. Fultz stumbled on No. 2 by four-putting and moving to 5-over on the day. The freshman then started his run of birdies on No. 3 as he hit a wedge on his second shot to four feet to move to 4-over. The next hole proved to be the highlight of the day, as he drained a 60 feet putt cutting off another stroke. Fultz went back to the wedge on the next hole landing 12 feet from the flag for the third birdie and closed out the run with a 20-footer on No. 6.
Hill (79-76-74=229) rebounded from a tough start to his season and entered the clubhouse with the Tigers best score of the day. Hill hit 11 fairways and 13 greens, while needing well under two putts a hole. On the third hole of the day, the senior laid up, leaving 95 yards to the hole. Hill would stick the next shot 10 feet away, for his first birdie of the day.
Hill continued his tactical play with another lay-up on No. 3, leaving 70 yards. The play set up a second shot to eight feet and a makeable birdie putt. Hill would step to the next tee box and hit his approach shot left of the green. The Nashville native would get up-and-down on the tricky par-3 to save par and ending his round with just two bogeys.
Stout (72-70-76=218) finished the tournament with the third most pars, 37, including 14 on Tuesday. The freshman notched four bogeys on the day despite finding 13 fairways and 10 greens.
Todd McGill (78-75-78=231) matched his first round score on the final day as he hit 13 fairways and nine greens. The hole of the day for McGill came at No. 12 as he hit a wedge to three-feet of the hole for his lone birdie of the day.
The Tigers will take a week off after playing in three consecutive tournaments. TSU will return to the course on Monday, Oct. 20, at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate to be held in Hopkinsville, Ky.