February 23, 2009

Golden Eagles finish third at JSU Pizza Hut/AT&T Invitational

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Tennessee Tech men's golf team didn't have quite the round Monday that the Golden Eagles posted on Sunday, but still managed to finish third among nine teams competing at the Pizza Hut/AT&T Invitational, hosted at Dancing Rabbit Golf Course by Jackson State University.

After shooting a team total of 308 on Sunday, Tech came into the final round in second place, just four strokes off the pace set by leader North Alabama. The Golden Eagles scored a 319 total on Monday and slipped to third place overall.

North Alabama followed its opening round 304 with a strong second day showing of 291 to run away from the field with a 595 total. UT Martin crept ahead of Tech for second place with a 618, while the Golden Eagles were third at 627.

Host Jackson State shot a closing round of 397 and nearly caught Tech, winding up just two shots back at 329 for fourth place. JSU was followed by Lipscomb (630), Centenary (642), Tennessee State (645), Southern (715) and Alcorn State (854).

Senior Jared Dunn had Tech's best round Monday with a 76 and finished in a tie for sixth place with a 153 total. Jake Heatherly, who carded a team-low 75 on Sunday, shot a 78 Monday and was also in the four-way tie for sixth.

Just behind for Tech, Greyson Painter shot a 77 to finish at 155 and claim 12th place. Wes Korth posted an 88 on Monday and finished 31st at 166, while Calvin Clark was 37th at 175 following a round of 91 Monday.

David Gies of North Alabama was medalist at 146.

The Tech men's team will play next at the Grover Page Classic, hosted by UT Martin, on March 2-3. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagle women's golf team will open their season March 2-3 at the Murray State Invitational.