By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
SAPPHIRE, N.C. – The Tennessee Tech men's golf team put itself in great position at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate Monday afternoon, sitting in fourth place among 13 teams through nearly two full rounds of competition.
Due to a late start to the day – unexpected frost forced a delay to the morning tee times – roughly eight teams were forced to suspend play in the second round of the tournament hosted by Western Carolina at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley due to darkness. Those teams are set to wrap up their rounds first thing Tuesday morning before round three commences.
The Golden Eagles were one of the five teams to complete all 36 holes on the day, sporting rounds of 291 and 287 to currently rank fourth overall and just four strokes back of a tie for second place between Central Arkansas and Elon.
Freshman Bracton Womack paced the Golden Eagles through day one, boasting a 1-under 70 over the first 18 holes and a 1-over 72 during the second round. His total of 142 tied him for 14th individually among the 87 participants in the event.
Seniors A.J. Wilkerson and Alexander Riddle finished not too far behind their teammate, each posting two-round totals of 145. Wilkerson notched rounds of 71 and 74 to tie for 22nd overall while Riddle also tied for 22nd after carding rounds of 75 and 70. Riddle's second round score of 1-under 70 tied a career low in his first tournament of the fall.
Junior Matthew Giles followed closely behind the veteran duo, tying for 31st overall with a 75-71=146. Sophomore Cameron Yeary wrapped up Tech's participants in the event, posting a 152 overall after scores of 77 and 75.
The Golden Eagles will look to soar up the leaderboard Tuesday morning and afternoon with just 18 holes left to play. Round three is expected to begin with tee times at approximately 8:00 a.m. CT.
Photo by Daniel Hooker, Western Carolina Athletics