April 9, 2018

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The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team sits at the top of the leaderboard in both the team and individual standings after 36 holes at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate, held at the Hermitage Golf Club.

The Skyhawks posted identical scores of 287 during today’s first two rounds, topping the 13-team field with a 574 (+6). That is four strokes better than host Tennessee State and Wright State, who are tied for second place while Murray State (585, +17) and Evansville (587, +19) round out the top five teams.

On the individual front, the UT Martin duo of Hunter Richardson and Nick Wolf are tied for first place with scores of 140 (-2). Wolf led the field after Round 1 with a 69 before carding a 71 in today’s afternoon round. His nine birdies on the day leads the field while he also guided the team with a 3.25 par-3 scoring average (+2). Meanwhile, Richardson accounted for a 71 this morning and a 69 in Round 2. He leads the tournament in par-4 scoring (3.82, -4) while chalking up eight birdies on the day. The Skyhawk tandem lead Tennessee State’s John Tyminski by one stroke heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“Everybody contributed in both rounds,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We needed everybody to play well today and I’m proud of the way we played. We finally got to play in the sunshine – there was a brisk wind that really made things interesting with club selection but for the most part, everybody did a good job throughout the day.”

Ross Redmont was responsible for a 147 (+5) today, generating scores of 73 in the first round and 74 in the second round. His 25 pars today were the most of any Skyhawk through 36 holes of play. Tate Chumley (149, +7) came through with rounds of 74 and 75 on the day while Jack Story posted scores of 77 and 73 on his way to a 150 (+8) through Day 1 of the tournament.

Playing as an individual, Zach Haynes compiled a 148 (+6) after his even-par 71 this afternoon was six shots better than his morning round. His 4.67 par-5 scoring average (-2) ranks third in the field of 81 players. Cameron Smith also competed as an individual today as he managed a score of 160 (+18) after rounds of 81 and 79.

UT Martin will go for its fourth tournament win of the season as the tournament’s final round is set to tee off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The Skyhawks are paired alongside Tennessee State and Wright State in the third round.

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