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UT Martin’s Floyd holds on for individual medalist honors

UT Martin’s Floyd holds on for individual medalist honors
UT Martin’s Floyd holds on for individual medalist honors | Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks golf, Murray State Invitational, Cole Floyd, Skyhawks

medalist — Skyhawk golfer Cole Floyd finished as co-medalist in the Murray State Invitational Tuesday.
MURRAY, Ky. — The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s golf team slipped to third place in the final round of the 2007 Murray State Invitational after firing a 10-over-par 284 to give them a tournament total of 24-over-par 876. Cole Floyd was able to card an even-par 71 to shoot 2-over-par 215 for the tournament and claim medalist honors in only his third tournament as a Skyhawk. Floyd shared medalist honors with Josh Butterfield of Lewis University, who also carded a 2-over-par 215.
The 2007 Murray State Invitational was a 54-hole tournament conducted by Murray State University at Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Ky. The 58-player field was made up of 10 teams from nine different universities with nine participants competing as individuals. The par-71 Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course is playing at 6,601 yards.
Floyd, who began the day tied for the lead, opened his round with a bogey on No. 1, but was able to recover and birdie the 365-yard No. 4 hole. He kept that even-par pace until leaving a par putt short on the par-3 No. 9 hole. The back nine for Floyd was much like the front side in that it was a give-and-take, giving strokes back each time he was able to gain an advantage. Floyd took his score to 1-under-par after sinking a birdie putt on the 443-yard No. 14 hole.
Floyd carried that 1-under-par mark to the tee box of the 181-yard par-3 No. 18. After reaching the green, Floyd was faced with a 30-foot putt for par. Unknown to him, it was also for the outright lead of the tournament. Floyd rolled the right-to-left breaking putt up to the lip of the hole, only a single rotation of the ball from falling, but it just wouldn’t drop. After seeing it wasn’t going to fall, Floyd tapped it in for a final round of even-par 71. With the bogey, Floyd fell into a tie for first place.
“I wanted to stay around even-par today,” Floyd said. “I was trying not to think about winning the tournament during my round, especially after the front nine where I made some mistakes, because you hate to think about that when you still have holes to play.”
This is Floyd’s first career win at UT Martin, but he is no stranger to success. He claimed numerous titles at Union University and advanced to the NAIA national championships, prior to transferring to UT Martin.
As a team, the Skyhawks were unable to hold on to the lead they picked up in the second round. After Floyd’s even-par showing, no other Skyhawks were able to post anything below par. Robert Lents, who entered the day tied for fourth, slipped to 11th after posting a 4-over-par 75. Lents finished the tournament with an 8-over-par 221. Jonathan Martin, who also began the day in striking distance of the leaders at only 2-strokes back, also struggled as he shot a 3-over-par 74. He finished in a tie for 14th position with a 9-over-par 222.
Bradley Stevens ended the tournament 1-stroke back at 10-over-par 223 after a 7-over-par 223 in the final round. John Slayton rounded out the scoring for the Skyhawks with his best round of the tournament, in a 3-over-par 74 to put him at 15-over-par 228 on the tournament.
Jumping ahead of UT Martin in the team competition was host Murray State with a 1-under-par 283 in the final round to secure its fourth consecutive championship in a Murray State Invitational with a score of 18-over-par 870. Tennessee Tech recorded a 23-over-par 875 to claim second place by 1-stroke after carding an 8-over-par 292 in the third round. Rounding out the top 5 behind UT Martin were Morehead State with a 40-over-par 892 and Murray State’s No. 2 team finished at 46-over-par 898.
Behind Floyd and Butterfield in the individual competition was a pair from Murray State, Nick Newcomb and Jerry Price with 3-over-par 216s followed by Shawn Tipton of Morehead State with a 5-over-par 218.
The Skyhawks will now have a week off before hosting the inaugural Skyhawk Fall Classic at Paris Landing State Park Oct. 14 and 15.

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