March 13, 2017

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JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team bared chilly and wet weather conditions today to take an 11-stroke lead over the field after two rounds of the Grover Page Classic at the Jackson Country Club.

The Skyhawks accounted for the lowest score in both rounds today, firing a 291 (+3) this morning before carding a 283 (-5) in the afternoon. Overall, UT Martin’s score of 574 (-2) leads the eight-team field, 11 strokes in front of second-place Samford (585, +9).

Individually, redshirt senior Tyler Guy tops the 48-player field with a 140 (-4). The Clarksville, Tenn. native shot the tournament’s lowest round of 69 (-3) in Round 1 before compiling a 71 (-1) in Round 2. He led the team in par-5 scoring (-5), par-3 scoring (E) and also added 10 birdies.

Hunter Richardson was responsible for the best score of the afternoon round, tallying a 68 (-4). Earlier in the day, he accumulated a 74 (+2) to settle for a 142 (-2) after Day 1, ranking fourth in the field. The junior out of Clarksville, Tenn. leads the field in par-4 scoring (E) while racking up a team-high 11 birdies.

Austin Swafford opened his tournament with a 74 (+2) before shaving off four strokes (70) this afternoon, wrapping up his first two rounds with an even-par 144. He currently ranks fifth in the individual standings, boosted by a team-best 26 pars. Gavin Shellnut (74, 74; 148) and Jack Story (76, 74; 150) followed with scores of 4-over par and 6-over par to round out the Skyhawks’ team scoring.

UT Martin also had a pair of golfers compete as individuals today. Cameron Smith posted back-to-back 73’s for a two-round 146 (+2), which ranks eighth in the field and is tied for the top score of a golfer competing as an individual. Zach Haynes amassed scores of 77 and 78 for a 155 (+11) after the first day.

“On Sunday morning, I didn’t see how 36 holes today was possible,” UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “The golf course looked like a winter wonderland – it had at least four inches of snow on the ground. Then it rained today and we had about an hour lightning delay. It was a long, hard, nasty day but our scores were very impressive considering the playing conditions. Today was special but we need to back that up tomorrow to close things out.”

The third and final round of the Grover Page Classic is set for Tuesday, March 14 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Murray State Athletics

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