By MATTHEW CRUMP
With round three canceled due to a thunderstorm, Eastern’s men’s golf team placed second in the 2014 OVC Men’s Championship April 27. The Colonels tied with Austin Peay State University with a score of 573.
Rain, lightning and powerful winds caused the championship to revert to a 36-hole total, cutting the teams off in round three.
Jacksonville State University won the event with a two-round total of 567.
Eastern ended with four Colonels finishing in the top ten. Freshman Travis Rose and junior Patric Sundlof tied for sixth place with 143, going -1 for par.
Rose ended the first round in fourth place with a 3-under score of 69, but his round two score of 74 bumped him back to sixth place.
“The first day I played well,” Rose said. “I really liked the course. It was pretty open and pretty long. The second day, the team played a lot better. They kind of carried me the second day.”
Sundlof jumped from 14th place in the first round to sixth in the second thanks to three birdies in the final six holes.
Senior Garrett Hinton and junior Taylor Riggs ended the championship tied for 10th place with even scores of 144. Riggs managed to reach 6-under par in the second round, but a double bogey on the last hole pushed him to a 4-under score of 68.
Rose said the team had a shot at winning going into the third round, but the weather had other plans.
“Our game plan was to put our team in place for a chance to win the third day,” Rose said. “We were in the place we wanted to be. I think the whole team thought we could’ve come back to win.”
Eleven teams competed at the event. The University of Tennessee at Martin (575) placed fourth, Belmont University (584) finished fifth, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (598) finished sixth, Eastern Illinois University (604) ended up seventh and Murray State University and Tennessee Tech University tied for eighth with a total of 606. Morehead State University (627) finished 10th and Tennessee State University (629) rounded out the field at 11th place.
The event took place at a par-72 course, The Fighting Joe course in Muscle Shoals, Ala.