Rain Dampens Skyhawk Golf
Senior Jonathan Martin paced the University of Tennessee at Martin‘s golf team in the rain delayed opening round of the Grover Page Classic with a 3-over-par 78. As a team though, the Skyhawks were unable to overcome the delay and carded a first round showing of 22-over-par 310, landing them in thirteenth place. The 2011 Grover Page Classic is a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by The University of Tennessee at Martin and hosted at the Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. The 83-player field is made up of 15 teams, including seven from the state of Tennessee and five Ohio Valley Conference member institutions, along with 10 participants competing as individuals. The par 72 Jackson Country Club course is playing at a length of 6,783. “We just did not play well at all today,” said UT Martin head coach Jerry Carpenter. “Conditions were not ideal and the guys made some mistakes that really cost them some big numbers. They did some good things too, but we just weren‘t able to overcome the big numbers today.” Taylor Deming and Tyler Shellnut both recorded rounds of 6-over-par 78 for the Skyhawks, while Bailey Childress and Chris Schwartz added rounds of 7-over-par 79 and 8-over-par 80 respectively. Carpenter added, “We will regroup tonight and look to correct those mistakes in tomorrow‘s round. I am confident we will be able to rebound and play a lot better Tuesday.” UT Martin fielded a second team, the “Orange” squad, which fared a bit better than the regular team in the first round. The Orange squad sits in twelfth place in the field at 20-over-par 308 and was led by Barton Hamilton‘s 2-over-par 74. Hamilton is the highest ranked Skyhawk in the individual competition, sitting in a tie for 18th position. One shot back of Hamilton is Graham Sleigh at 3-over-par 75, followed by Clay Harbin at 6-over-par 78 and Adam Clark at 9-over-par 81. In the team competition Morehead State holds a one-stroke lead over the field at 3-under-par 285. Murray State is in second at 2-under-par 286, followed by Tennessee Tech at 4-over-par 292. In the individual competition, Tennessee Tech‘s Tyler Cassetty and Maurice Jefferies of Jackson State share the lead at 4-under-par 68, while Alex Misback of Morehead State sits alone in third at 3-under-par 69. Second round action began immediately following the completion of the first round this afternoon but was halted because of darkness. The Grover Page Classic will resume play Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., followed immediately by final round action.