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April 8, 2009

Consistent play helps Golden Eagles land tie for third place at Big Blue Invitational

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Wes Korth earned a Top 10 finish and Tennessee Tech got consistent play throughout the lineup as the Golden Eagle men's golf team claimed a tie for third place in the 12-team Big Blue Invitational, hosted by Tennessee State University.

All five players in coach Craig King's lineup finished within seven strokes of each other, led by Korth's 10th place showing at 216. Korth (71) and senior Jake Heatherly (70) posted Tech's best rounds of the 54-hole tournament in Tuesday's final round, and all 15 scores by the Golden Eagle team were between 70 and 76.

Belmont carded a team total of 856 and won the team title by four shot over Murray State (860), one of seven Ohio Valey Conference teams in the field. Tech and UT Martin tied for third place at 870 as the Golden Eagles managed a 4-1-1 record against league rivals.

Evansville (878) was eight shots back to round out the top five. The remainder of the field included University of the Cumberlands (884), John A. Logan College (886), Lipscomb (886), SIU Edwardsville (997), Morehead State (889), Tennessee State (894) and Eastern Illinois (907).

The tournament also included 12 players competing individually, making it a field of 72 players.

Korth carded scores of 72 and 73 in Monday's play, then finished with a 71 for his 216 total and 10th place showing. Heatherly had rounds of 74 and 73 on Monday, and managed the GOlden Eagles' best round of 70 on Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 12th place at 217.

One shot back at 218 was senior Greyson Painter (71-73-74) in a tie for 15th place, while senior Jared Dunn (73-71-76) placed in a tie for 25th at 220. Sophomore Tyler Cassetty (75-72-76--223) tied for 41st place to complete the Golden Eagle lineup.

Tech also had two players competing individually. Senior Josh Simer placed in a tie for 31st at 221 (73-76-72), and sophomore Travis Ramsey was tied for 51st plae at (79-72-77) 228.

The next action for Tech is the Ohio Valley Conference Championships, hosted by Jacksonville State, April 27-29.