Golden Eagle golfers bidding for OVC Tournament crown
Apr 24, 2011
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's golf team hopes to
make some noise this week at the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference
Tournament, a 54-hole event at the GreyStone Golf Course in
Dickson, Tenn. A field of nine teams tees off Monday morning, with
second round action Tuesday and the final tour of the 6,858-yard,
par 72 layout slated for Wednesday.
Golden Eagle coach Craig King will take one junior, one
sophomore and three freshmen in his tourney lineup, headed by
Cassetty. The junior from Whitleyville, Tenn., owns the best
average on the team of 73.9. Tech's lineup will also include
Maxwell, redshirt freshman Greg Kitts, and true
Schrock and Mason Griffin.
Austin Peay serves as the host of this year's men's tournament, and will provide the
live scoring via a link on OVCsport.com or by clicking here.
The men's golf championship will feature nine teams - Austin Peay,
Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead
State, Murray State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin.
The teams will have a practice round on Sunday and tee off on
Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
The annual awards banquets will be held following the first round
of play on Monday. The banquet will honor the All-OVC first-team
and second-team members as well as All-Newcomer Team and Freshman
of the Year. The OVC Player of the Year, Coach of the Year as well
as All-Tournament and Tournament MVP awards will be presented at
the conclusion of the championship.
Designed by PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber, GreyStone Golf Club offers
a great championship course and great staff. Located in historic
Dickson, the golf course is a short drive from Nashville and is
easily accessible from throughout middle Tennessee. Opened in 1998,
GreyStone Golf Club is a public course that has hosted numerous
high profile events including PGA Tour qualifying, Senior PGA Tour
qualifying and the Tennessee State Open.
This marks the second year in a row that GreyStone has hosted the
OVC Men's and Women's Championships and the course will also host
the event each of the next two seasons. Last year the Murray State
men's and women's teams claimed championships, marking only the
second time in OVC history one school had swept both
Championships. After missing out on the 2009 OVC Championship by
a single stroke, Murray State rebounded a season ago in leading
from start-to-finish and winning by 18 total strokes, the third
time in the last four seasons the OVC crown had been determined by
more than 10 strokes. It was the fourth OVC crown for the Racers
and first since the 1991 season. The Racers were the fourth
different team to win the OVC Championship in the last four years.
Individually Murray State senior Nick Newcomb claimed his second
medalist crown in three years with a one shot victory over teammate
This year Jacksonville State had the top team stroke average,
netting 290.4 strokes per round in 26 total rounds. That was 0.7
strokes ahead of Murray State (291.1). Since joining the OVC in
2003-04 Jacksonville State has claimed two titles (2004, 2007). UT
Martin's 297.6 average is third, while Tech enter the OVC
Tournament with the fourth-best scoring average in the league. The
Golden Eagles have posted a 298.5 average in 22 tournament rounds
Individually Murray State's Cameron Carrico, who earned four OVC
Golfer of the Week honors during the spring, led the league in
stroke average at 71.1 over 30 total rounds. That was 1.6 strokes
better than Jacksonville State's Tom Robson (72.7). Robson's
teammates, Gonzalo Berlin (72.8) and Andres Schonbaum (72.9),
ranked third and fourth in the league while Eastern Kentucky's
Billy Peel, Jr. was fifth (73.2).
For the Golden Eagles, Cassetty's 73.9 average ranks 12th in the
OVC. Mason Griffin ranks 20th in the OVC with a 74.7 average.