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February 22, 2009

Men's golf team second heading into Monday's final round at Dancing Rabbit

JACKSON, Miss. -- Jake Heatherly is in third place and Tennessee Tech has four players in the Top 10, helping the Golden Eagles to second place after the first round of the Pizza Hut/AT&T Invitational being hosted by Jackson State University.

With just one round remaining, the 36-hole tournament has turned into a three-team battle for the championship among the nine teams in the field. North Alabama holds a four-shot lead after carding a 304 on Sunday, followed by Tech in second place at 308 and UT Martin third with a 309.

That trio of schools holds a fairly comfortable cushion over the rest of the field, with host Jackson State and Lipscomb tied for fourth at 322.

Tennessee State (330) is sixth, followed by Centenary (332), Southern (351) and Alcorn State (435).

North Alabama players hold the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. Tyler Chandler, competing individually, is the leader at 73 while teammate Davie Gies is second at 74.

Heatherly, a senior from Jacksboro, Tenn., is tied for third at 75. Jared Dunn, a senior from Cookeville, is tied for eighth place at 77, while senior Greyson Painter and junior Wes Korth are knotted at 10th place after shooting rounds of 78 on Sunday. Senior Calvin Clark is the fifth member of the Golden Eagle lineup, and posted an 84 on the first day to place him 30th.

The tournament is being held at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Course on the Choctaw Indian Reservation.