Griffin earns all-tournament, Golden Eagles fifth at Big Blue Classic

Griffin earns all-tournament, Golden Eagles fifth at Big Blue Classic

SPRING HILL, Tenn. -- Freshman Mason Griffin earned the first all-tournament honor of his budding Golden Eagle career by fininshing tied for fourth individiually, and Tennessee Tech maintained its hold on fifth place Tuesday in the rain-shortened Big Blue Classic hosted by Tennessee State University.

The Golden Eagles were tied for fifth after Monday's first round, which finished just ahead of rains and storms across the mid-state region. Because of the weather, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes, and the Golden Eagles followed Monday's 301 with a 304 in Tuesday's final round for a 605 total.

Murray State jumped from third place to the top of the team standings with a final round 296 and a two-day team total of 595. Morehead State, which opened the day tied with Tech in fifth place, also broke 300 on Tuesday with a 299 and bumped itself up to second place at 600. UT Martin (601) and first-day leader Tennessee State (601) wound up tied for third place.

The remainder of the 12-team standings had John A. Logan College just a shot behind the Golden Eagles (606), followed by Lipscomb (613), Trevecca Nazarene (620), Valparaiso (620), Savannah State (635) and Alabama State (639).

Murray State's Cameron Carrico won medalist honors with a 73-69--142 total, three shots better than runnerup Ryan Pierson (71-74--145) of Tennessee State. Alex Misback of Morehead State (73-73--146) was third, while Griffin (73-74--147) and Graham Sleigh of UT Martin (72-75--147) tied for fourth to complete the all-tournament team. Griffin had six birdies in the 36 holes, the second-most birdies in the tournament among the 67 golfers.

Sam Schrock, another true freshman in the Golden Eagle lineup, placed in a tie for 11th after shootnig 74-76--150. Junior Tyler Cassetty cut four shots off his first round to climb all the way to 24th place at 78-74--152. Redshirt freshman Greg Kitts (76-80--156) was tied for 38th place, including one of just seven eagles in the tournament, while Lee Maxwell completed Tech's lineup, finishing at 82-86--168.

Junior Travis Ramsey, playing individually for Tech, slipped on Tuesday after opening with a 76 on Monday. His second-round score of 91 dropped him to a 167 total and a tie for 62nd place.

The Big Blue outing wrapped up the regular season for the Golden Eagles, who will now begin preparing for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, April 25-27 in Dickson, Tenn.