The Tennessee Tech men’s golf team has wrapped up their fall season this past month with three top 10 finishes away from Cookeville.
Both the men and women golf teams have had great conference representation with four OVC Golfer of the Week awards given to the Golden Eagles, one of those given to Mason Griffin in the week of Oct. 29, who received co-Golfer of the Week with Belmont’s Ashton Van Horne.
Griffin had his best outing of the year by recording rounds of 71-74-76, finishing at 221, five shots over par.
“Individually, Mason Griffin’s eighth place finish at The Intercollegiate at The Grove was our most solid performance,” said Polk Brown, the Golden Eagles coach. Griffin led the Golden Eagles to a ninth place finish at the Grove Intercollegiate.
Eith four OVC Golfer of the Week awards, the Golden Eagles future looks bright. “It shows that we are capable of continuing this momentum we have generated into the spring,” said Brown when asked how having so many OVC Golfer of the Week awards would help the program in the future.
The highlight for the men’s team came at the Kenny Perry Invitational hosted by Western Kentucky where the Golden Eagles took fifth place.
“As a team, coming in fifth at Western Kentucky’s event was the highlight of the fall,” said Brown. “It was a very challenging course with some tough conditions, and the men were able to grind it out with a solid finish.”
The success the teams have had in the fall really give Brown and the Golden Eagles hopes for greatness in the spring season coming up.
“[The awards] also show that we have an excellent opportunity to contend for the OVC Championship come April,” Brown said. “We have the personnel necessary to be successful, and it has shown. We look to carry this success next semester.”
The golfers for both teams are certainly optimistic about the spring season and are in a good place to reap the rewards of their hard work this fall.
“The players have worked hard this semester, and they are looking forward to a little time to rest up and get ready for January,” Brown said. “The winter break will give them time to recharge the batteries, and we expect that they will be ready to get back after next semester with our first events coming at the end of February.”
Tennessee Tech’s women’s golf was a force on the course this fall. The team played in 10 fall tournaments with their best finishes coming at the CSU Wendy’s Invitational finishing fourth, F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate finishing third and the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational finishing fourth. Tech finished third in the OVC this fall in team scoring with 14 rounds played and with an average of 308 per round in team tournament play. For three straight weeks the women’s golf team received the Adidas OVC golfer of the week award.
“The players have worked hard this semester, and they are looking forward to a little time to rest up and get ready for January,” said head coach Polk Brown.
The highlight of the season for the women’s team was going from 13th in the first round of the Blue Raider Invitational to fourth after the third round. The Golden Eagle lowest rounds as a team were in the Blue Raider Invitational and were posted in the second round with a 294 and third round with 297 in the tournament. Tech set the all-time 54-hole scoring record at MTSU Blue Raider Invitational.
Maddi Everts was named Adidas OVC Golfer of the Week two weeks in a row. She also finished at the top of the OVC standing for individual play with 74 average per rounds played. She became the first Tech golfer to earn back-to-back All-Tournament since 2007. She claimed individual tournament win at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate She holds the program record for the lowest round score of 67. She was honored with the President’s Award from Tech in the spring.
Whitney Robertson finished the fall in fourth in OVC individual play. She had an All-Tournament win at Murray State.
Meagan Williamson received the Adidas OVC Golfer of the Week. She had All-Tournament honors at Blue Raiders Invitational. Where she finished third in the tournament, she has the lowest 54-hole score in program history. She finished 17th in OVC individual play.
Tech women’s golf is hoping this strong play in the fall will continue into the spring.
“The winter break will give them time to recharge the batteries, and we expect that they will be ready to get back after next semester with our first events coming at the end of February,” said Brown.