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October 19, 2009

Simer fourth as Golden Eagles in top half at APSU tourney

First day results (PDF)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. --Senior Josh Simer carded a three-under 69 during the second round of play Monday at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, lifting him into a tie for fourth place and helping Tennessee Tech close the first day in a tie for eighth place among the 19 teams in the field.

Towson University (575) holds a one-shot lead over Eastern Kentucky and Oakland after 36 holes in the tourney being played at The Links at Novadell. Final-round play begins with a shotgun start Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Tech opened play Monday with a 297 team total, then chopped six strokes off that score in the second round with a 291, leaving coach Craig King's team with a 588 total. That puts the Golden Eagles in a tie with Eastern Illinois, in a field which includes nine Ohio Valley Conference teams.

Simer is tied for fourth after rounds of 72 and 69, giving him a 141 total. Jared Dunn is next for the Golden Eagles, ending the day in a tie for 17th place with 75-70--145. The balance of Tech's lineup includes Wesley Korth (31st/147), Jake Heatherly (77th/155) and Preston Marshall (88th/161).

Tech has two additional players in the field, but their scores Monday can't help the team since they are entered as individuals. Senior Blake Garrison also posted a 69 in the second round following an opening round 74, and is tied for eighth place at 143, tops among the individuals in the field. Travis Ramsey is tied for 72nd place with a 77-77--154.