The Maryville College men's golf team displayed a great amount of team consistency closing out the final round at the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate Invitational at Tennessee National on Tuesday afternoon. Following an opening round of 308, the Scots tallied a 305 to place fifth among 14 NAIA scholarship institutions.
Dalton State, ranked No.2 nationally, earned team title honors following scores of 281-288-569. Dalton State's top four golfers finished seven-under-par collectively.
Dalton State's Chase Cole and S.M. Lee shared individual honors with a 142, two-under-par performance. Teammates P.J. Shields and Sport Allmond each tied for third with a one-under-par 143. The tournament featured 91 individual collegiate golfers.
Maryville College finished +37 on the tournament but Head Coach Ron Waters was happy with the team's performance. "Fifth was a solid finish for us against a field of 14 NAIA programs that included a nationally ranked unit like Dalton State," stated Waters. "I don't think we were as sharp as we have been recently and our scores indicate that, but Tennessee National is a very demanding course so I am proud of our effort."
The Scots were paced by Tyler Bray's 15th overall placing after the freshman shot 74-75-149 finishing five-over-par. Doug Whitten finished 21st with a 78-73-151. Wil Manuel and Garrett Compliment finished 32nd and 34th respectively. Manuel shot a 78-78-156 while Compliment finished team scoring with a 78-79-157.
Playing as an independent, MC's D.J. Shelton stroked an 81-80-161 for a 47th place finish. Brady Orr tallied an 81-88-168. The Scots' largest improvement on the day was Hunter DeSena. Following an opening round of 93, DeSena finished with an 82 and 175 for the tournament.
Coach Waters and his squad will now prepare to host the Maryville College Invitational on October 30-31 at Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford, Tenessee.