By ASHLEY OWENS
In a 36-hole showdown, Eastern’s men’s golf team took on several OVC foes and came out with third place at the Grover Page Classic in Tennessee.
The tournament was scheduled to last March 9 and 10 but because of heavy rain the last round on March 10 was cancelled. Instead of a final round to determine the winner, there was a playoff round between leaders University of Tennessee at Martin and Tennessee Tech University.
UT Martin came through with the final victory in the playoff round with a total of 576.
This was the Colonels first tournament of the spring season. Though other teams in the classic had already played in tournaments before Monday’s tournament, senior Taylor Riggs said Eastern held its own regardless of being less practiced than the teams in Tennessee.
“We kind of viewed it as, if we take care of our business, in the end we’ll be fine,” Riggs said.
Because of the snow the past two weeks, Riggs said the team’s practice time has been limited, but said the team was able to travel to Georgia for extra practice which Riggs said he thinks helped prepare the team for Monday’s tournament.
Individually, Eastern had two Colonels finish in the top-5.
There was a three-way tie for first place, where Eastern senior Taylor Riggs tied with UT Martin’s Brendon Cabellero and Murray State University’s Jordan Smith.
Riggs brought out a total of 141 with round scores of 71 and 70.
“I’m pretty pleased for it being the first tournament of the spring,” Riggs said. “It was nice o get out and play because we haven’t been out a lot. I didn’t play my best, but I played well enough.”
Senior Patric Sundolf (142) tied fourth for the Colonels while junior Daniel DeLuca (147) and freshman Jared Brown (147) tied 23rd. Also for the Colonels, freshman Noah Combs (149) tied 28th and sophomore Travis Rose (153) tied 48th.
Eastern returns to Tennessee on March 14-16 for the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee Tech University. The Colonels will once again take on a number of conference teams, but Riggs said the team is more prepared with a tournament under its belt.
“It’s all about building up to the OVC tournament for us,” Riggs said.