March 30, 2010

Simer, Heatherly all-tournament, Golden Eagles fifth at North Alabama Spring Classic

First time Tech places two on all-tournament team in more than two years

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Seniors Josh Simer and Jake Heatherly each earned all-toruanemnt honors, finishing in a tie for fourth place individually, and Tennessee Tech sliced 11 strokes Tuesday off its first round score.

It marked the first time since October, 2007, that Tech has placed two golfers on an all-tournament team. For Simer, it's the third all-tournament honor this season while Heatherly claimed the award for the first time in his career.

Their second day improvement didn't prevent the Golden Eagles from slipping two spots in the team standings, however, as Tech finished fifth among the 20 teams in the tournament.

Host North Alabama, playing on its home course, followed its opening round 298 with a 290 on Tuesday to claim the team title with a 36-hole total of 588. That was good for a fiv-eshot edge over second place Delta State, which also closed play with a 290 on Tuesday and finished at 593.

Arkansas Tech, which started the second round in 10th place, fired the low round of the tournament with a 286 to jump all the way to third place at 599. Central Alabama CC was fourth at 302-292--600, with Tech two shots back. The Golden Eagles carded a 306 Monday and improved to a 295 Tuesdy - the team's lowest round of the spring -- to place fifth at 601.

Tech's score was one shot better than Indianapolis (602) in sixth place, followed by Concord (605), Central Missouri (607), Tampa (608) and Lindenwood (610) to round out the top 10.

Chase Smith of Delta State took medalist honors with a score of 144 after blazing to a 69 on Tuesday. Paul Colditz of Lindenwood also shot 69 Tuesday and finished tied for second at 146 with North Alabama's Jake Greer.

Heatherly (78-70) and Simer (74-74) were tied for fourth at 148 along with four others as the all-tournament team included nine players. Earlier this year Simer earned all-tournament honors at the Murray State Invitational and the Frito Lay Intercollegiate. It also is Simer's fifth Top 10 finish this season.

Heatherly's previous high finish was sixth place at the Pizza Hut-AT&T Intercollegiate last yar in Jackson, Miss. His previous best showing this year was 10th at the Grover Page Classic.

Blake Garrison, who was tied for fifth entering play Tuesday, shot a 77 and placed in a tie for 25th at 151. Travis Ramsey improved from an 80 to a 76 Tuesday and placed 54th at 156. Wes Korth chopped eight strokes off his first-round 83 to shoot a 75 Tuesday and finish 62nd at 158.

The next action for the Golden Eagle men's team is the Big Blue Invitational, April 5-6, hosted by Tennessee State University.