REDMONT'S HOLE-IN-ONE HIGHLIGHTS DAY ONE OF 2018 GROVER PAGE CLASSIC
March 12, 2018
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JACKSON, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin redshirt sophomore Ross Redmont carded a hole-in-one during the first round of the 2018 Grover Page Golf Classic, which is being hosted by the Jackson Country Club for the 12th straight season.
A Memphis native, Redmont cashed in his ace on the par-3 Hole No. 11, which was playing at 188 yards with the pin located at the front of the green. Redmont parlayed that momentum into a 71 this morning before finishing his day with a 74 this afternoon. His 145 (+1) is tied for the team lead and ranks fifth overall in the field of 60 golfers.
“That is the first tournament hole-in-one I’ve coached in my 15 years at UT Martin,” Skyhawk head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “I’m very proud of Ross – it’s a shot he will never forget for the rest of his life.”
A windy, chilly day resulted in mostly high scores across the board as there were only seven under-par individual scores dotted throughout the tournament field. As a team, UT Martin shot a 294 in Round 1 before a 298 in Round 2 resulted in a total score of 592 (+16), which ranks third in the 10-team standings.
“Considering we had a four-inch rain on Sunday and today we had 15 to 20 mile-per-hour winds and the wind chill was anywhere from 28 to 35 degrees, we had a great start to the tournament,” Carpenter said. “When you add all that together, you’re going to make some mistakes and you’re going to three-putt. We had several of those but it was the same for everybody. We’re only four shots out of the lead and we can make that ground up tomorrow because we are playing head-to-head with our competition.”
Tied alongside Redmont for fifth place in the tournament field is senior Hunter Richardson, who carded rounds of 71-74 today for a 145 (+1). Richardson did most of his damage on the par-5 holes today, topping the field with a 4.38 scoring average (-5) on such holes. That included one of the tournament’s five eagles on the day, as he accounted for a 3 on the 501-yard Hole No. 17 in the opening round.
Zach Haynes led the Skyhawks in par-3 scoring today (3.00, E) on his way to a 149 (74-75). Nick Wolf (153, +9) began his day with a 78 before improving to a 75 in the afternoon round while Jack Story piled up a team-best six birdies on his way to a 158 (81-77).
Playing as an individual, freshman Tate Chumley ranks 10th in the individual standings after a strong 148 (77-71) which included a team-best 23 pars. Peyton Dix (76-78; 154) notched five birdies today while Mason Chandler compiled a score of 162 after back-to-back 81’s. Cameron Smith also accounted for an 81 during today’s morning round before he was forced to withdraw this afternoon.
The third and final round of the Grover Page Classic will take place on Tuesday, March 13. UT Martin will be paired with tournament individual leader Zack Zedikar (141, -3) and team leader Delta State (588, +12) along with Tennessee Tech (589, +13). Because of a frost warning, the shotgun tee times have been pushed back to 9:30 a.m. while the Jackson Country Club prepares the course for yet another top-notch round of play.
“The golf course is in fantastic shape,” Carpenter said. “The greens were on par with PGA level. That’s a tribute to Jackson Country Club and what they do to make this a good tournament and a good venue to play. Our guys are ready to get back out there and play tomorrow morning.”