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March 19, 2013

Adam Cunningham tops Tech at first Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's golf team improved its team score by nine strokes Tuesday, despite sloppy conditions during the second round of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the Sevierville Golf Course, and jumped a couple of spots in the team standings for a seventh place finish.

Ohio Valley Conference rival UT Martin won the inaugural event, named in memory of Tech Sports Hall of Fame player and coach Bobby Nichols. The Skyhawks shot a two-round team total of 593 for a 10-shot lead over Newberry College and Eastern Kentucky (603). Newberry claimed second place in the nine-team men's division via a scorecard decision.

Following Eastern Kentucky were Northern Kentucky (605) and Evansville (613) to round out the top five. The field also included Detroit Mercy (617), Tech (621), Northern Iowa (622) and Tennessee State (632).

The tournament was cut from 54 holes to 36 after storms moved into the area Monday afternoon.

Golden Eagle freshman Adam Cunningham anchored the squad, carding a 76-77=153 on the rain-soaked River Course. Close behind him, senior Greg Kitts shaved four strokes off his opening score on the second day, finishing with a 79-75=154 while freshman Bryce Kendrick gained five strokes with an 80-75=155. Freshman Mitch Thomas chipped in an 80-79=159. Lee Whitehead's 80-80=160 finished Tech's team scoring.

Individually, senior Lee Maxwell was tied for the individual lead following Monday's play with a 69, but slipped to an 80 Tuesday to finish tied for 12th. Maxx Verble was tied for 33rd place (73-82=155) while Tanner Garland shot a 81-81=162 to tie for 52nd place.

Tennessee's Brandon Rogers won individual medalist honors, carding a 71-72=143 while competing indivually.