October 23, 2012

Kitts, Whitehead in Top 20; Golden Eagles jump to eighth at F&M


HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -- Junior Greg Kitts and freshman Lee Whitehead each earned Top 20 individual finishes as the Tennessee Tech men's golf team wrapped up play in a tie for eighth place Tuesday at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate at The Links at Novedell.

Kitts showed steady improvement over the 54-hole tournament with rounds of 74, 73 and 72 to finish with a 219 total and claim a tie for 13th place among the 81 players in the 14-team field.

WHitehead, meanwhile, surged on Tuesday with his best score of the tournament. After shooting 74 and 76 on Monday, he posted a 70 in the final round to finish at 220 and a tie for 17th place.

The host Austin Peay Governors, playing on a familiar course, set a pace that nobody could equal. APSU took the team title with a 860 total and a seven-stroke victory over runnerup Lipscomb (867). Belmont (872) place third, followed by Murray State (874) and SIU Edwardsville (875).

Missouri State and the Austin Peay "B" squad tied for sixth place at 886, while Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky tied for eighth at 887. Southern Illinois capped off the Top 10 with an 888 total.

The rest of the field included UT Martin (889), Tennessee State (894), South Dakota (906) and Morehead State (919).

In addition to Kitts and Whitehead, Tech's lineup included freshman Mitchell Thomas, senior Lee Maxwell and freshman Adam Cunningham. Thomas close with a 225 total to place 39th. Maxwell's total of 229 put him in 51st place and Cunningham placed 65th with a 232 total.

Tech also sent two players to compete as individuals. Bryce Kendrick placed 57th with a 230 total while Tenner Garland shot a 234 total and placed 68th.

The tournament was the final event on the fall portion of the schedule for the Golden Eagle men's team.