October 3, 2016

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Photo Courtesy of Dave Winder

BUCHANAN, Tenn. – After two complete rounds of the 2016 Fall Skyhawk Classic at Paris Landing State Golf Course, the University of Tennessee at Martin golf team holds a seven shot advantage over second place competitor John A. Logan College. The Skyhawks took advantage of the newly renovated course that head coach Jerry Carpenter said is the best it has ever been.

“The new Bermuda greens that were installed this summer are in really good shape,” Carpenter said. “In all the years we have been coming here, the golf course is in the best shape I have ever seen it. Thank you to the staff at Paris Landing State Park for being so hospitable and making this tournament one of the very best we play all year long.”

Hunter Richardson is the overall leader of the tournament firing 69 twice for a 138 (-6) total. Richardson has notched 10 birdies and two eagles, and ranks first in par four scoring, averaging a 3.85. After starting the second round +3 through his first four holes, Richardson turned his game around with a torrent run of eight under-par over a seven hole stretch.

UT Martin is the team leader in the tournament with a score of 568 (-8), as Gavin Shellnut and Jack Story posted scores of 143 (-1) and are currently tied for fourth in the individual standings. Austin Swafford battled back after an opening round 77 with an even-par 72 in the second round for a total of 149 (+5). Tyler Guy rounded out the team scoring with a 72 in the first round, followed by a second round 78 for a 150 (+6) total.

“Hunter really had a couple of great rounds today,” Carpenter said. “Jack and Gavin both played well. It was just a very good effort by our team. I always tell our guys that if we shoot par or under then I won’t complain, and in both rounds we had every player in the top five contributing. That will always help shoot scores that are under par.”

Playing as an individual, Zach Haynes shot a 147 (+3) posting a 75 before finishing the day with an even-par 72. Cameron Smith is also competing as an individual for the tournament as he shot a 148 (+4). Both players rank in the top-15 in the field in par five scoring, averaging 4.75 (-2).

“Our individuals both had a very good showing in the first two rounds,” Carpenter said. “It is good to see them competing and playing well.”

All wins are great, but getting a win at its home tournament is a priority for the Skyhawks.

“We have never won this golf tournament,” Carpenter said. “It would be nice to go ahead and win tomorrow and get our first win of the year. Our kids are up for it, and we are looking forward to having some fun in the morning.”

UT Martin will look to close out their first ever win at the Fall Skyhawk Classic Tuesday, October 4. The Skyhawks will be paired with John A. Logan College and Incarnate Word tomorrow morning for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. 

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