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Skyhawk golfers hold on for third in Invitational

Skyhawk golfers hold on for third in Invitational
PARKERS CROSSROADS, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s golf team fired a final round 16-over-par 304, but it wasn’t enough to move higher on the leader board as they remained in third place to finish the 2007 Union University Invitational. Jake Joyner led the way for UT Martin with a fourth-place individual finish after carding a 5-over-par 75-74-149 tournament total.
The 2007 Union Fall Invitational was a two round invitational conducted by Union University and hosted at Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Parkers Crossroads. The 41-player field consisted of eight teams from six different universities and included two participants competing as individuals. The par-72 Falcon Ridge golf course played at 6,965 yards.
Joining Joyner among the top-10 individual finishers was Jonathan Martin who bettered his first round performance by 6 strokes after carding an even-par 72. Martin finished the tournament with a 6-over-par 150. Baily Childress recorded an 11-over-par 155 as he struggled through both rounds of his first tournament this season. Also making his collegiate debut at the 2007 Union University Fall Invitational was Christopher Belote, who recorded a pair of 8-over-par 80s to finish the tournament in a tie for 24th place with a 16-over-par 160. Rounding out the scoring for the Skyhawks was Chase Grissom who was unable to overcome two quadruple bogeys during the tournament to finish with a 21-over-par 84-81-165 showing.
“We played well overall, especially the way we were striking the ball both days,” said head coach Jerry Carpenter. “We just were not able to sink any putts either day. I’m very happy we were able get some of our younger guys valuable experience, it will help down the road.”
In the team competition, host Union University took home first place after a 33-over-par 609 showing. Cumberland finished second with a 36-over-par 612 performance. Behind the Skyhawks in third was Lyon College in fourth with a 51-over-par 627, and Bethel College with a 52-over-par 628.
Lyon College’s Brock Bullard took home individual medalist honors by way of a scorecard playoff after he and Brad Robbins both recorded 3-over-par 72-75-147s. In third was Sam Bass of Bethel University with a 4-over-par 75-73-148. Joining Joyner in fourth place to round out the top-5 was Josh Young of Cumberland University after both recorded 5-over-par 149s.

T 4 Jake Joyner – 75 – 74 – 149
6 Jonathan Martin 78 – 72 – 150
T 14 Bailey Childress 77 – 78 – 155
T 24 Christopher Belote 80 – 80 – 160
36 Chase Grissom 84 – 81 – 165

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