JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/8/2011 - The Union (Tenn.) University men’s golf team posted a victory in their first tournament of the spring. Union claimed first place in the Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Invitational played at The Peninsula Golf Resort in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Union, who is receiving votes in the NAIA preseason golf rankings, jumped out to a five stroke lead after the first round on Monday with a team score of 299. Union was the only team in the field to post a score lower that 300 in either day. Union led over Mobile (Ala.) who shot at 304 and Cumberland (Tenn.) who shot 305.
On Tuesday, Union shot a 314 which was third best in the final round but held on for the three-stroke win. Mobile and Cumberland both posted 312’s in the final round to inch closer to Union.
Union shot a two-round score of 613 to win the seven-team field. Mobile was second at 616, Cumberland placed third at 617, Lambuth (Tenn.) was fourth at 626, Maryville was fifth at 639, Martin Methodist was sixth at 676 and Bethel (Tenn.) was seventh at 687.
Union’s Brett Barry, a former Jackson Christian standout, finished in a tie for second place in the individual totals. Barry shot a two-day total of 148, one shot behind the winner and four those over par. Other Union finishers included Micah Gentle in fifth (150), Ryan Chandler in 13th (158), Matt Kelley in 14th (159), Jake Carroll in 25th (165), Tyler Lay in 31st (172), Ben Waits in 37th (178) and David Hopper in 38th (184).
Up next for Union will be the Grover Page/UT Martin Invitational on March 14-15 at the Jackson Country Club.
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