Thomas cracks top 15, leads Tech to eighth-place finish in Murray, Ky.

Thomas cracks top 15, leads Tech to eighth-place finish in Murray, Ky.

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

MURRAY, Ky. - The comeback wasn't in the cards, but the Tennessee Tech men's golf team still managed to finish strong at the Miller Memorial Invitational Tuesday afternoon, tying for eighth place behind the steady play of sophomore Mitch Thomas.

The Knoxville native grabbed a 13th-place finish out of 82 participants at Tech's second event of the year, shooting a season-best 69-72-75=216 to lead the Golden Eagles.

Junior Lee Whitehead was as steady as can be during the tournament, shooting three consecutive 75's to card a 225 and tie for 43rd overall. The remainder of the Golden Eagle made a consistent finish if nothing else.

Sophomores Adam Cunningham and Bryce Kendrick and redshirt junior Mason Griffin each tied for 45th in the tournament. All three Tech players shot 226 for the three-round tournament with a different approach to each score.

A native of Cookeville, Cunningham finished with a 74-78-74=226 while Griffin scored 73-78-75=226. Kendrick also played it slightly differently, carding 73-79-74=226 over the two-day event.

Junior Maxx Verble also particpated in the event, tackling the par-71, 6,601-foot Miller Memorial Golf Course to a tune of 79-76-75=230.

The men's tennis team will hit the links again next Monday when it hits up the Bearcat Invitational hosted by Cincinnati at Paris Traditions Golf Course. Play will begin at roughly 7 a.m. CDT on Oct. 7 and run through Oct. 8.