September 22, 2008

Painter earns all-tourney as Golden Eagles finish seventh

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. -- Senior Greyson Painter finished his weekend with an even-par 72 and claimed second place among 100 golfers and the Tennessee Tech men's golf team claimed seventh place among 18 teams at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate tournament.

Painter shot a 73 Friday and a three-under 69 Saturday, before closing the 54-hole tournament with a 72 for a 214 total. That placed him two shots back of individual medalist Steve Dressel of Elon. Painter tied with Murray State's Hunter Ford for second place.

It was Painter's highest career finish, and his first all-tournament honor. He had two top 10 efforts last year, with his previous highest showing being sixth place at the Pizza Hut/Bellsouth Invitational.

Murray State (868) was able to hold on to win the team title by 10 strokes over Guilford College (878). Belmont Abbey and Elon fashioned the best team scores of the final round at 283, jumping into a tie for third place at 880, while James Madison finished fifth at 886.

Wofford (886) was sixth, one shot ahead of the Golden Eagles (887), with Appalachian State (888) one stroke back. The field included 18 teams and 96 total golfers.

Senior John Fox also closed the tournament with a round of 72 Sunday, and finished in a tie for 23rd place at 221. Junior Wes Korth (226) tied for 47th, followed by Josh Simer (229) in 57th place and Jake Heatherly (231) in 66th.

Tech was a late addition to the field at the Sea Trail tournament, after first-year coach Craig King was forced to make a scheduling switch when the Jackson State National was canceled due to poor weather. It was the first event under King, who was named head coach in the summer.

The Golden Eagles (11-6) return to action Monday and Tuesday at the Murray State Invitational.