Photo by Logan Stapleton
By Peyton Gray, Staff Writer–
The UTC men’s golf team completed the fall portion of their 2020-21 season with a 12th place finish at the Intercollegiate at the Grove.
The format of play was the same as the first two tournaments this fall: two threesomes playing with the top four scores counting toward the team total.
The Mocs combined shot 299 the first 18 holes of play, placing them tied for 11th.
A.J. Lintunen and Leon Bader both had 2-over 74s. Oliver Simonsen was close behind them with a 75. Connor Nolan carded a 76.
The two dropped scores came from Dominic Jones (81), and Matt Smith (82).
MTSU and Coastal Carolina were tied for the lead after day one with a score of 284.
This tournament was shorter that the previous two the Mocs competed in, only two rounds instead of three.
“The tournament was only two rounds,” Lintunen said. “We didn’t have much time to catch up.”
The Mocs had a tough time navigating the par 72, 7,368 yard Grove Golf Club in College Grove, Tenn.
“Everyone had an off week,” A.J. Lintunen said. “It was a very tough course.”
In the final 18-hole round Tuesday, the Mocs posted a score of 298, giving them a total of 597 for the tournament.
The low score of the day came from Moritz Lammel playing as an individual, who carded a 2-under 70, his lowest round of the season.
Connor Nolan led the scoring for the team with a score of 71. Matt Smith followed him with a 75.
A.J. Lintunen, Leon Bader and Oliver Siminsen all posted scores of 76.
Host Middle Tennessee and ULM shared the title.
The Mocs struggled both days, especially with putting.
“In our group, the greens are what got us,” Lintunen said. “We had too many missed putts.”
Although a 12th place finish was not what the Mocs were hoping for to end the fall season, they are looking forward to a successful spring season, which starts the third week of February.
“I think our goal as a team is the same as my goal as an individual,” Lintunen added. “Our top priority for the spring is to win the conference and go to regionals.”