RICHARDSON CHARGES AHEAD FOR ANOTHER MEDALIST VICTORY AT GROVER PAGE CLASSIC
March 13, 2018
JACKSON, Tenn. – For the fourth time this season and 12th time in his four-year University of Tennessee at Martin career, Hunter Richardson seized medalist honors with a victory at the 2018 Grover Page Golf Classic held at Jackson Country Club.
Richardson came into the day in a tie for fifth place but shot the best round in the 58-man field today, carding a 67 (-5) thanks in large part to seven birdies. That tally brought him to a three-round total of 212 (-4), which was two overall strokes better than Day 1 leader Zack Zedikar of Delta State. The victory was the fourth of the 2017-18 season for Richardson and 12th in the decorated career of the three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference honoree out of Clarksville, Tenn.
As a team, UT Martin jumped up one spot in the team standings to finish in second place. The Skyhawks posted a 295 today to finish with a final score of 887 (+23), eight shots behind tournament victor Delta State.
“We didn’t play as well as we could – our expectations are higher than that,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We had two or three players that really struggled for a couple of days but we also had two or three players that played some good golf. What Hunter did was outstanding – things clicked for him today. If we would have helped him a little bit more, I feel like we would have had a shot to win the tournament but we finished second. It was another good event thanks to the great staff at Jackson Country Club. They did another phenomenal job making this a first-class tournament for everybody here.”
Ross Redmont compiled a 73 today to finish in fifth-place with a 218 (+2) for the tournament. It marked the second top-5 finish of the season for the redshirt sophomore out of Memphis, Tenn.
Jack Story shot a 75 in the third round while Nick Wolf (80) and Zach Haynes (83) completed the team scoring for the Skyhawks. Haynes finished his tournament with a 232 (+16) while Story and Wolf each tallied a three-round total of 233 (+17).
A freshman out of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Tate Chumley produced the best finish of his young career. Competing as an individual, he notched a 74 today for a final score of 222 (+6), ranking him ninth in the final standings.
Peyton Dix (79 today) and Mason Chandler (83 today) also competed as individuals for UT Martin, rounding out the tournament with scores of 233 (+17) and 245 (+29), respectively.
The Skyhawks have a quick turnaround before their next tournament, as they will head to the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech in Sevierville, Tenn. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on March 18-20.