Men’s golf opens in Mississippi

Second-year Tennessee Tech men’s golf coach Craig King will take his team to Mississippi this weekend to open the spring schedule at the Frito Lay-AT&T Invitational at the Azaleas Course of the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, part of the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. A field as large as 15 teams could be on hand for the tournament, hosted by Jackson State University. After a practice round Saturday, the teams will play 18 holes each on Sunday and Monday.

Five seniors will represent Tech in the tournament, led by Josh Simer who posted a 72.3 average during play in the fall season. Simer tied for fourth place and earned all-tournament honors at the Murray State Invitational in October, posting a career-best round of 68 in the opening round. He also carded a 69 during the fall at the APSU Invitational.

The Golden Eagle lineup will also feature Wes Korth (73.4 average), Preston Marshall (75.3), Blake Garrison (75.8) and Jake Heatherly (76.0). Korth and Garrison shot Tech’s only other sub-70 rounds during the fall.

Korth fashioned a 69 in the second round of the Skyhawk Classic on October 12, and Garrison (shown in photo) shot a 69 in the second round of the Austin Peay event on October 19.

Junior Travis Ramsey, who averaged 77.3 during the fall, will compete on an individual basis for the Golden Eagles.

“We have a very experienced lineup, and every one of our players is capable of posting a low score every round,” King said. “I’m looking forward to watching these guys play this spring, and I know they’re excited about getting back into competition.