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Golden Eagle men fight through rain-soaked day one of Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

Golden Eagle men fight through rain-soaked day one of Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Fighting a lengthy delay due to rain and very wet playing conditions, the Tennessee Tech men's golf team still managed to complete the opening round of the 10th annual Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Sunday afternoon. 

The Golden Eagles endured a rough day of conditions on the course, finishing 11th among the 14 teams in competition at the team's annual event on the River Course of Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn. Tech posted a 301 to open play while Carson-Newman led the way with a 280.

Competing as an individual, Tech veteran Sean Anderson tied for the overall lead among the 90 golfers in the field, firing a 5-under 67 to match the output of Findlay's Justin Atkinson. The junior racked up a whopping seven birdies and nine pars to kick off the event.

Leading the purple and gold's lineup was rookie Anderson Larson, who carded a 2-under 70 to tie for 10th behind five birdies. Senior Bryce Beeler was next for the Golden Eagles on the leaderboard, tying for 48th with a 3-over 75 and two birdies.

Also tying for 48th while competing as an individual, senior Chance Taylor put forth his own 75 with an impressive 15 pars. Sophomore Jackson Skeen turned in a 77 with one birdie to tie for 66th with teammate Alexander Bassel, who produced his 77 with 14 pars while competing as an individual. 

Rounding out the action on the first day were Haden Maxwell and Mark McDearman, each tying for 74th with scores of 79. Maxwell delivered 12 pars while McDearman constructed a pair of pars.

Tech will kick off Monday's second round with a shotgun start beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT. 

Top 5 Teams:
1.    Carson-Newman    280    -8
2.   Walters State CC    283   -5
T-3.   North Georgia   287   -1
T-3.   Southern Indiana   287   -1
T-3.   Findlay   287   -1
11.   Tennessee Tech   301   +13


Leaderboard (90 Golfers)
T-1.   Sean Anderson*    67   -5
T-1.    Justin Atkinson    67    -5
T-10.   Anders Larson   70   -2
T-48.   Bryce Beeler   75   +3
T-48.   Chance Taylor*   75   +3
T-66.   Jackson Skeen   77   +5
T-66.   Alexander Bassel*   77   +5
T-74.   Haden Maxwell   79   +7
T-74.   Mark McDearman   79   +7
 *indicates competed as an individual 

Photo by Kaylee Bruton

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