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Senators finish second in WSCC Fall Classic
 October 22, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- Two rounds were not enough to determine an individual winner on the final day of the Walters State Fall Golf Classic held at The Country Club, Inc., in Morristown.

Garrett Metz of Lincoln Memorial shot a two-under par 70 on Tuesday to go with his 72 on Monday to finish with a score of 142 which was tied with Tennessee Wesleyan’s Josh Wheeler who fired a 68-74-142. The two golfers teed off on hole number one in a play-off and Wheeler finished with a birdie on the first hole to win the event.

Wheeler’s performance also helped his team win the tournament as the Bulldogs shot 297-301-598 to edge out the host team Walters State by three strokes as the Senators finished with a score of 297-304-601. Brevard Blue trimmed 16 strokes off their first day’s performance to finish third with at 310-294-604. Lincoln Memorial and Tusculum also both had better days on the course as the Railsplitters carded a 311-303-614 and the Pioneers turned in a 309-305-614 to tie for fourth place.

Berry Blue had the same score as yesterday as they finished 315-315-630. Brevard White was next at 318-316-634, Berry White shot a 328-317-645 and Virginia Intermont had the best turnaround from day one as they slashed 19 strokes off their score from Monday to round out the scoring at 354-335-689.

In addition to Wheeler and Mertz, Ryan Elmore of Berry (74-70-144), Walters State’s Ryne Thompson (71-74-145) and Oskar Lundgren of Brevard (77-70-147) all were medalist for the tournament. The course at The County Club once again proved to be a challenge as only Metz, Lundgren and Elmore had rounds under par in Tuesday’s final round.

For Walters State, Andrew Hall (72-76-148) and Brad Hawkins (69-79-148), who was in second place after the first round, each tied for sixth place. Will Wright (80-73-153) and Elliott Taliferro (76-77-153) each tied for 15th place. Cory Martin was 19th with a score of 78-77-155, Cody Johnson tied for 28th by shooting 80-78-158 and Preston Tucker had a big turnaround from his first day’s performance as he finished 83-76-159 which placed him in a tie for 31st place.

Walters State coach Bill Gardner said his team struggled in their own tournament, especially in Tuesday’s second round.

“I really thought we would play better today and obviously this is the worse we have played all year on our home course and that was disappointing. We had some really good teams in here and had a chance to really show our talent and we just didn’t get it done today,” Gardner said.

Gardner said that the final result of the event might have been pre-determined in the first round.

“We probably lost the tournament part of it yesterday because we didn’t play great," Gardner said. "I am disappointed in our performance but that lets us know where we are and what we have to do to get better.”

Gardner stated that he would like to see the event at The Country Club expand in the coming years.

“Hopefully next year we can build this tournament to about 15 teams and make it something really nice. We had a great turnout and the course was in really great shape. We moved the tees back and it was over 7,000 yards and if you play well, you are a real golfer. It seemed like everyone enjoyed it,” Gardner said.

Walters State Scores
Ryne Thompson 71-74-145, 4th (individual) Andrew Hall 72-76-148, T-6th Brad Hawkins 69-79-148, T-6th Will Wright 80-73-153, T-15th Elliott Taliferro 76-77-153, T-15th Cory Martin 78-77-155, 19th (individual) Cody Johnson 80-78-158, T-28th Preston Tucker 83-76-159, T-31st

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