April 27, 2012

Griffin's three-under leads Golden Eagles on second day at OVC

DICKSON, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech sophomore Mason Griffin made the largest jump on the individual leaderboard Friday, closing the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference men's golf tournament in a tie for fourth place after shooting a three-under 69.

His play helped the Golden Eagles climb a spot in the team standings to eighth place at GreyStone golf Club with one final round slated for Saturday morning. Tech entered the day tied with Tennessee State, but moved 10 strokes ahead of the Tigers.

Defending champion Jacksonville State rallied from a six-shot deficit and now holds a four-shot lead after two rounds. Austin Peay entered the day with a sizable lead but combined for a team score of 295, which was 15 shots higher than its opening round total.

That opened the door for the Gamecocks who tallied the only under par team score of the day (285). JSU enters Saturday's final round at 571 while APSU is at 573. Murray State (581) is in third place followed by UT Martin (583), Eastern Kentucky (584), Eastern Illinois (591), Morehead State (594), Tennessee Tech (605) and Tennessee State (615).

Austin Peay's Anthony Bradley continues to hold the individual lead after his second under-par round of the event. Bradley, who fired a 1-under score of 71, sits at seven-under 137 for the Championship which is three shots better than Jacksonville State's Tom Robson. Bradley is looking to become the first APSU medalist at the OVC Championship since Matt Gallant in 2003.

After opening with a 74 on Thursday, Griffin shaved five shots off for his second-day 69, and enters the final round at 143. Sophomore Greg Kitts, who had Tech's low round THursday at 73, followed with a 79 Friday and slipped to 31st place at 152. Junior Lee Maxwell is two spots back in 33rd place, combining a first round 79 with a 75 on Friday for his 154 total.

Senior Tyler Cassetty sliced four shots off his first round 81 to score a 77 Friday, and is in 41st place at 158. ROunding out Tech's lineup is senior Travis Ramsey with scores of 79 and 80 for a 159 total, placing him in a tie for 42nd.