By ASHLEY OWENS
After three rounds at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, Eastern’s men’s golf team used a strong third round to tie for sixth place. Tennessee Tech University hosted the event at the par-72, 6,928-yard River Course at the Sevierville Golf Club on March 16 and 17.
On Monday, day one of the tournament, the Colonels shot 298 in the first round and 290 in the second round. This put Eastern entering the third round on Tuesday at 13th place. After a lower-scored round of 282, however, Eastern was able to push its way up to sixth.
Senior Taylor Riggs led the way for the Colonels and finished fifth. Riggs shot an even-par 72 in the final round and finished with a total 211. Freshman Noah Combs was close behind Riggs where he tied 11th. Combs had a 5-under 67 score on the final day of the tournament, which was the best Colonel score of any round.
Senior Patric Sundolf (224) tied 51st, freshman Jared Brown (226) tied 59th, junior Daniel DeLuca (229) tied 68th and freshman Will Sallee (222) played as an individual and tied at 40th.
Jacksonville State University (852) won the tournament, followed by Southern Illinois (861) and Murray State University (861).
The Colonels return to the green March 22 through 24 at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, VA, hosted by the College of William and Mary.