Golden Eagles 14th at Mason Rudolph; Kitts climbs to 16th place finish


FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Junior Greg Kitts turned in the team's best performance of the day Sunday as the Tennessee Tech men's golf team wrapped up play in 14th place at the 54-hole Mason Rudolph Men's Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt University at The Legends Golf Course. It was the first outing of the season for coach Polk Brown's Golden Eagles, who featured three freshmen in the lineup.

Junior Greg Kitts enjoyed Sunday play the most for the Golden Eagles, scoring a one-under par 70 to make a move up the leaderboard for a 16th place finish. Kitts had a very clean round, scoring one bogey and two birdies, and hitting par on all the other 15 holes. Kitts proved extremely consistent over the three-day event, carding two-over 73 on both Friday and Saturday.

After opening play Friday with a double bogey on his first hole of the day, Kitts played the next 53 holes with eight birdies and nine bogeys, and posted par on the other 36 holes.

Freshman Mitch Thomas was Tech's second-highest finisher, placing in a tie for 59th. After leading the team following a one-under 70 on Friday, Thomas scored a 76 and Saturday and slipped to an 80 on Sunday.

Senior Lee Maxwell and freshman Lee Whitehead finished up tied for 70th, each wrapping up at 229. Maxwell closed with a 78 on Sunday while Whitehead's final round netted a 76. Freshman Adam Cunningham tied for 75th place with a 231, closing with a 79 on Sunday.

After surging into the lead Saturday, the host Vanderbilt Commodores (847) held on Sunday to win the team title by seven shots over Oklahoma (854). Mississippi (858) placed third, followed by Mississippi State (861), Georgia Southern (864). South Alabama (865), Georgia State (871), Charleston (873), Davidson (881), Middle Tennessee (882), East Tennessee (883), Virginia (885), Rice (888), Tech (892) and Arkansas State (896).

The Golden Eagles will play in the Rees Jones Invitational, hosted by South Carolina at the Haig Point Golf Course, on Oct. 1-2.