Tech golf teams in Alabama for 54-hole tournaments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Following a second place finish two weeks ago at the Murray State Invitational, the Tennessee Tech women's golf team returns to action this Monday and Tuesday at the 54-hole Samford Intercollegiate. The event will be held at the 6,000-yard, par 72 Limestone Springs Golf Club in Oneonta, Ala.

The Tech men's squad also gets back into action Monday and Tuesday at the Grub Mart/Young Oil Invitational, hosted by Jcksonville State University, at the Silver Lakes Golf Club in Jacksonville.

The Tech women and 14 other teams in the field played their practice round Sunday morning, and will open play with 36 holes Monday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. All of the players will ride in carts on Monday to speed play through the two rounds. On Tuesday, they will walk the course for the final 18 holes, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Five veteran players will be in the lineup for first-year coach Brandy Stout. Tech's lineup will include seniors Madison Denman and Ashley Spangler, juniors Megan Bradford and Diana Carson, and sophomore Carley Rhyne.

Joining Tech and the host Samford Bulldogs will be teams from Austin Peay, Belmont, Birmingham Southern, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Montevallo, Murray State, South Alabama, Troy, Western Kentucky and UAB.

For the Tech men's team, first-year coach Craig King has his team playing for the first time in three weeks. Tech opened the year with a third place finish at the Jackson State/Pizza Hut Invitational before having its second tournament cancelled due to snow.

King's lineup will include seniors Jared Dunn, Jake Heatherly, Greyson Painter, Calvin Clark and junior Wes Korth.

The Golden Eagles were scheduded to play in the Grub Mart Invitational last year, but pulled out of the tournament upon the death of coach Bobby Nichols.

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