FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's golf team played within three strokes on Saturday of its first round total, but the Golden Eagle saw their standing slip from 10th to 12th place following two rounds of the Mason Rudolph Men's Championship, being hosted by Vanderbilt at The Legends Golf Course.
The host Commodores made up seven shots on first-day leader Oklahoma, and jumped ahead of the Sooners into first place with a 36-hole total 564 after scoring a 278 Saturday. Oklahoma followed its 280 on Friday with a 285 Saturday and is in second place, one shot back with a 565.
Junior Greg Kitts fired another two-over 73 Saturday and climbed into the team lead along with freshman Mitch Thomas, the pair tied for 25th on the individual leaderboard at four-over 146. Kitts had two birdies, four bogeys and 12 pars on Saturday. Thomas, meanwhile, followed his one-under Friday with a five-over 75 Saturday, recording one birdie, four bogeys, one double-bogey and 12 pars.
Senior Lee Maxwell is tied for 61st place at 151, freshman Adam Cunningham is 65th at 152, and freshman Lee Whitehead is tied for 69th at 153. Cunningham went from 10-over-par 81 on Friday to shooting even-par 71 on Saturday, the team's best score of the day.
Following Vanderbilt and Oklahoma in the standings, Georgia State and Mississippi State are tied for third at 575, with College of Charleston in fifth at 578.
The third and final round is scheduled for Sunday morning.