By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's golf team completed the first day of the sixth annual Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Sunday afternoon, finishing eighth among the 14-team field at Sevierville Golf Club.
Competing on the River Course, the Golden Eagles posted a 295 in the first round, falling just a stroke back of sixth place and two strokes shy of fourth. Eastern Kentucky led the day, posting a 287 to lead Tech by eight strokes and hold a three-shot lead over second place.
Sophomore Matthew Giles led the Tech lineup through the first 18 holes of action, carding a 1-over 73 to tie for 18th among the 84 participants.
Three Golden Eagles tied for 26th with the second-best score among the team's starters, including freshman Will Brooks and seniors Alexander Riddle and A.J. Wilkerson. Each player turned in 2-over 74s. Brooks tallied one of just three eagles among the field on Sunday, leading to a second-place ranking in par-five scoring.
Rounding out Tech's starting five was freshman Bracton Womack, whose 75 tied him for 37th place overall.
Marshall's Alex Weiss ranked first overall after 18 holes after posting a 4-under 68.
Round two of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate is set for a 9:15 CT shotgun start on Monday.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information