Golden Eagles head to Skyhawk Classic ready to compete


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- After opening the season in two highly challenging tournaments, Tennessee Tech 's freshman-laden men's golf team returns to a more familiar scene Monday and Tuesday at UT Martin's Skyhawk Classic. The tournament will be played at Paris Landing State Park, a site that Polk Brown’s veteran players are familiar with, having played in this tournament for several years.

The only problem is that the lineup for the Golden Eagles includes few veteran players ­– just two out of seven, in fact. Only senior Lee Maxwell and junior Greg Kitts have been in Tech’s previous lineups at the Skyhawk Classic. First-timers will include freshmen Adam Cunningham, Bryce Kendrick, Mitch Thomas and Lee Whitehead, and sophomore Maxx Verble. For Kendrick and Verble, this week’s outing will be their first competition of the season.  

“We’re ready to get out there and play,” Brown said. “We’ve played in two really good tournaments, against some really top competition. This tournament will include a lot of teams we’re more familiar with on a course that some of us have seen before.”

Tech opened the year with an 11th place showing at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt at The Legends Club. The field was loaded with teams from the Southeastern Conference. The second meet was the Rees Jones Invitational, hosted by South Carolina at Haig Point. Another tough field and another potent test.

A year ago Tyler Cassetty finished fourth individually and helped the Golden Eagles to a fourth place team finish among 14 schools at the Skyhawk Classic.

Results of play will be posted each day on TTUsports.com as soon as they become available.