By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
RICHMOND, Ky. – The Tennessee Tech men's golf team put a cap on its first tournament action of the fall Sunday afternoon, moving up the leaderboard on the final day of the EKU Intercollegiate to finish in a tie for sixth with Evansville.
The Golden Eagles fired a collective 282, tying for the third-best round of the day among the 12 teams in competition at the University Club at Arlington. Overall, combined with rounds of 294 and 287 on Saturday, Tech finished its first event of the year with an 863.
Junior Will Brooks was the leader in the clubhouse for the purple and gold at the conclusion of the event, carding a 71-70-72=213. He racked up three birdies on Sunday to finish 2-over on the par-70 course in a tie for 16th among the 74 participants.
One day after making his collegiate debut, rookie Nick Sutton shook the nerves to erupt for a 2-under 68 in his final round of the tournament. He finished 56th overall with a 225. His four birdies on Sunday helped lead him to extend an impressive run by Tech rookies. With his 68, the Golden Eagles have had a freshman post a sub-70 round in six straight seasons, dating back to the 2013-14 squad that did not have a freshman participate.
Tying for 20th in the event was sophomore Chance Taylor, who turned in a pair of birdies for a third-round, 1-over 71 on Sunday. He rounded out play with a 215 after posting back-to-back 72s on Saturday. Wiley veteran Cameron Yeary was next among Tech's competitors on the leaderboard, tying for 35th behind a 75-71-72=218. He also captured a pair of birdies in the final round.
Rounding out Tech's lineup in Richmond, Ky. was second-year man Bryce Beeler, who finished with a 221 to tie for 43rd overall. His 1-over 71 was backed by three birdies to go along with a 76 and 74 on the first day of play.
The Golden Eagles return to action Monday, Sept. 23 at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational in Madison, Ill. The two-day, 54-hole event will take place at Gateway National Golf Links.
Photo by Thomas Corhern