September 29, 2013

Tech men's golf team back in action with trip to Miller Memorial Invitational


By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

MURRAY, Ky. – Following nearly two weeks of inactivity, the Tennessee Tech men's golf team will return to the golf course Monday morning as it heads northwest for the 10th annual Miller Memorial Invitational hosted by Murray State.

Taking place at the Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray, Ky., the tournament will begin on Monday, Oct. 1 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The Golden Eagles will play 54 holes over two days on a course that plays to a par of 71 and 6,592 yards.

Fourteen teams will compete in the event, including two from host Murray State, two from UT Martin, and three others from the Ohio Valley Conference (marked in italics below). There are also six teams from out of conference competing in the tournament.

Here's an alphabetical look at the participating squads:

Alabama State
Belmont
Bethel
Eastern Kentucky
John A. Logan
Lipscomb
Morehead State
Murray State
Murray State
Tennessee Tech
Union (Ky.)
UT Martin
UT Martin
Western Illinois

"We're looking forward to getting back on the road with the guys this weekend," said head coach Polk Brown. "I'm excited about the possibilities of competing and having a chance to win. We're coming off a great finish a couple weeks ago. Quite a few OVC teams will be there, so it will be a good chance to go up against our counter parts and see where we stack up. It's a great golf course and we look forward for the chance to compete."

The expected top five for the Golden Eagles will look to be the same as the first tournament of the year when Tech finished fifth out of 15 teams at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss.:

  1. Lee Whitehead (Jr.)
  2. Mitch Thomas (So.)
  3. Bryce Kendrick (So.)
  4. Adam Cunningham (So.)
  5. Mason Griffin (R-Jr.)
  6. Maxx Verble (Jr.) - Competing as an individual

The Golden Eagles will look to add its fourth consecutive top five finish dating back to last season when it finished fifth at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate. Tech followed that up with a third place finish at the OVC Championship.