Tech tied for 7th; Thomas paces on first day of Kenny Perry Invitational

Tech tied for 7th; Thomas paces on first day of Kenny Perry Invitational

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Freshman Mitch Thomas is tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard and the Tennessee Tech men's golf team is tied for seven in the team standings after the first of three days of play at the Kenny Perry Invitational, being hosted by Western Kentucky at The Club at Old Stone.

The course wasn't kind to the field Sunday, with an average score of more than 11-over-par (83.9) over the 60 individual rounds. On the day, there were 154 scores of double-bogey or higher.

Thomas had one birdie and one double bogey, six bogeys and 10 pars on 7,372-yard, par 72 layout for a seven-over par 79.

Nobody in the field of 60 players shot under par and only one managed to shoot par on Sunday. That was Franco Grillo of Jacksonville State, whose 72 helped the Gamecocks grab the team lead with a 17-over team score of 305.

Louisville is 10 shots back at 315 for second place while Austin Peay is in third place at 320, 15 shots behind the leader. Akron (321) and Charleston Southern (324) round out the Top 5. Morehead State (330) leads the second five in sixth place while Tech  and Louisiana Monroe (331) are tied for seventh. Eastern Kentucky (333) is ninth, followed by Belmont and Troy (338). The host team, Western Kentucky is 12th at 354.

Senior Lee Maxwell had the second-best score of the day for coach Polk Brown's team, finishing at nine-over 81 to place him in a tie for 15th place. Adam Cunningham shot an 85 and is tied for 37th place while Lee Whitehead's 86 has him tied for 42nd place. Junior Greg Kitts had a tough day, finishing with a 94.

Team Standings after Day One

  Jacksonville St.
+17 F   +17 305 305
+27 F   +27 315 315
  Austin Peay State
+32 F   +32 320 320
+33 F   +33 321 321
  Charleston Southern
+36 F   +36 324 324
  Morehead State Univ
+42 F   +42 330 330
  Tennessee Tech U.
+43 F   +43 331 331
+43 F   +43 331 331
  Eastern Kentucky
+45 F   +45 333 333
+50 F   +50 338 338
+50 F   +50 338 338
  Western Kentucky U.
+66 F   +66 354 354