RICHARDSON PLACES FIFTH AS UT MARTIN FINISHES STRONG AT 2018 OVC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 25, 2018
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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The University of Tennessee at Martin closed out the Ohio Valley Conference Golf Championships with their best round of the three-day event, posting a 293 (+5) today at The Shoals on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The Skyhawks accumulated 13 birdies during today’s third round – their most of any day in the tournament. UT Martin concluded the 54-hole tournament with a score of 898 (+34), moving up one spot in the team standings to eighth place. Overall, the Skyhawks ranked third in the tournament field with 34 birdies.
Jacksonville State won the team title with an 875 (+11) while Morehead State’s Nick Wilkins (216, E) defeated Belmont’s Jack Uselton in a three-hole aggregate playoff to win individual medalist honors.
“We played well today,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “Today’s round showed what we can do – we eliminated a lot of our mistakes from yesterday. The second round was off the charts – it’s just something that happens in our sport and it was unfortunate that it happened to us then. I’m very proud that we ended the tournament on a high note.”
Three Skyhawks tied for the team lead with 73’s on the scorecard today. Ross Redmont amassed a team-best four birdies – including three in the span of four holes on the back-nine – while Hunter Richardson (three birdies) and Tate Chumley (two birdies) also carded a score of 1-over par.
Nick Wolf was UT Martin’s final scorer in the lineup, as he began his day with back-to-back birdies before finishing with at 74 (+2). Jack Story pitched in one birdie on the day for a final tally of 76 (+4).
For the tournament, Richardson earned his 10th top-five finish in 12 tries this season – tying for fifth with a 219 (+3) to earn all-tournament accolades. Story finished with a 226 (+10) and was followed by Wolf (229, +13), Redmont (230, +14) and Chumley (231, +15).
Richardson will now await to see if he will be selected to compete in his third straight NCAA Regional. The four-time All-OVC honoree and back-to-back OVC Player of the Year entered this week’s tournament as the highest-ranked player in the conference with a 234 national GolfStat ranking. The 2018 NCAA Regional field – which includes 81 teams and 45 individuals – will be unveiled next Wednesday, May 2.
“Hunter is very deserving of an NCAA at-large opportunity,” Carpenter said. “What he has done for our program is off the charts. He has elevated our program and brought us to the forefront of the OVC. I can never thank him enough for everything he has done for UT Martin.”