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UT Martin golfers surge late to finish third

UT Martin golfers surge late to finish third
UT Martin golfers surge late to finish third | UTM, UT Martin, golf, Skyhawks, Cole Floyd, Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens
PINEVILLE, Ky. — The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team fought off a 45-minute rain delay to card the lowest and only sub-par round of the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-off. The Skyhawks fired a final round 3-under-par 285, to finish at 16-over-par 880 and climb up the leader board to finish in third place. UT Martin’s final round push was paced by the duo of senior Cole Floyd with a round of 6-under-par 68 and freshman Matt Stephens’ 2-under-par 70 showing.
The Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-off was conducted by Morehead State University and hosted at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, Ky. The 53-player field consisted of eight teams with 13 participants competing as individuals. The par-72 Wasioto Winds Golf Course played at 7,037 yards in length.
Floyd, who struggled through the first day of competition with rounds of 80 and 84, rebounded with the lowest round of the tournament. Floyd’s 4-under-par turnaround was largely attributed to improved putting and ball striking. He ended the tournament in 40th position, but Floyd’s finish could have even been better, had it not been for a bogey on the 563-yard, par-5 finishing hole. Stevens turned in his second sub-par round of the tournament and was on pace to match Floyd’s 4-under-par showing had it not been for a pair of bogeys on the four finishing holes. With Stephens’ performance, he finished the tournament in a tie for 16th position at 71-80-70-221.
Jake Joyner turned in the lowest three-round total for the Skyhawks. His 2-over-par 74 in the final round was his highest of the tournament, but was still good enough to hold on for a top-10 finish in a tie for eighth place at 71-73-74-219. Joining Stephen’s in 16th position was Bradley Stevens, who recorded a 1-over-par 73 in the final round. Stevens’ three round total was also a 77-71-73-221.
Sam Hinson carded his lowest round of the tournament with a 2-over-par 74, and finished in a tie for 24th at 76-75-74-225. Freshmen Barton Hamilton and Christopher Schwartz both competed as individuals. Hamilton turned in a final round 2-over-par 74 to finish the tournament at 81-82-74-237, followed by Schwartz at 76-86-80-242.
“We played much better in today’s final round and played much smarter golf,” said Skyhawks head coach Jerry Carpenter. “This was a very good first tournament for us. We had solid play all three rounds from Jake [Joyner] and had very good performances in spots from the rest of the team, especially Matt [Stephens] and Cole [Floyd]. The freshman also picked up some nice experience that will help them as we go throughout the rest of the season.”
In the team competition, Southern Illinois held on for an 8-stroke lead with a three round total of 288-292-290-870 and was followed by tourney host Morehead State’s 299-291-288-878. Behind UTM’s third-place 296-299-285-880, was Northern Kentucky at 296-295-294-885 and Lipscomb with a 292-299-304-895 to round out the top-5.
The individual medalist honors went to Northern Kentucky’s Eric Fuldner after a three-day effort of 4-under-par 212. NKU teammate Will Brown finished second, 2-strokes back, at 72-71-71-214. Brooks Herrick of Bellarmine claimed third with an even-par 216, followed by Danny Lewis of Northern Kentucky and Jordan Cox of Southern Illinois who both carded 1-over-par 217s.
UTM will have a week off before returning to the links at the National Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Jackson State University.