Bray earns USA South Rookie of the Week behind record performance

Bray earns USA South Rookie of the Week behind record performance

Maryville College's Tyler Bray earned USA South Rookie Golfer of the Week honors, after his Top-10 finish in the Tom Kinder Memorial on Monday.

Bray becomes the first Maryville College Freshman golfer to finish a tournament with an under par score, as the first-year Scot did so in his first collegiate tournament.

The Lutz, Fla. native shot a one-under 143 in the two-round tournament. It was good enough for an eighth-place individual effort.

"I'm really proud of Tyler," Maryville College Head Coach Ron Waters said. "He played really well, and he controlled himself really well. In his first collegiate tournament, he showed a lot of poise. He showed us a lot of potential. We expect big things from him in the future, but I am really proud of him winning that award this week."

Bray set the 10th-best two-round scoring total in school history with his 143 total on Harrisonburg, Virginia's 6,769-yard Lakeview Golf Club course.

He helped the Scots to a season-opening sixth-place finish in the Tom Kinder Memorial with a 595 score.

The squad missed the Maryville College 36-hole score record by only one stroke – a mark that has stood since the first season of golf at MC in 2010-11.

That comes after a record-setting performance in the opening round, as Bray helped Maryville to a 293 score. That ties the MC record of the lowest team round in school history.

Bray's 71 ties him as the 22nd-best round in Maryville College history, while Doug Whitten's 69 in the opening round ranked tied as the fifth best.

"Doug, we expect him to play well," Waters said. "He played a good first round. We know that he's the guy that's got to be the leader, and he's got to post us some good scores every week. To have a little bit more backup from the younger guys coming in there is a big step for us."

Bray and Whitten will look to lead the Scots this weekend, as they travel to Tunica, Miss.

Maryville will take part in the Rhodes College Fall Classic on Sunday, Sept. 17 and Monday, Sept. 18, at Tunica National Golf Course.