March 19, 2013
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- On Tuesday, Brandon Rodgers captured his first collegiate championship by winning the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the Sevierville Golf Course.
"It was just a good week. The weather was frustrating and the course played harder than it usually does," said Rodgers. "But I felt like I hit the ball really well and stayed positive through the bad weather".
Rodgers excelled throughout the shortened tournament by carding a 71-72--143 (-1) including an eagle on Monday. Rodgers sealed the championship by defeating Ben Reeves of UT Martin by one stroke on the final day. Rodgers' win marks the Volunteers' fourth individual championship this season.
"We are thrilled for Brandon capturing his first collegiate win," head coach Jim Kelson said. "We hope this win will give him more confidence moving forward".
Kelson only took four individuals to the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. The Tennessee men's golf team did not compete in the team play. However, Kelson saw all of his Volunteers finish in the top ten of the individual standings.
Play was intended to begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 18 with 36 holes at the River Course, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, March 19. However, the tournament was cut short after storms moved into the area Monday afternoon.
UT Martin won the team competition by carding a 297-296--593 beating out Newberry College by ten strokes. Additionally, Aaron Knutson of Detroit Mercy hit a hole-in-one on the 13th hole on Tuesday.
The Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate was created in the memory of legendary Tennessee Tech coach Bobby Nichols and was hosted by Tennessee Tech at the Sevierville (Tenn.) Golf Club.
Nichols took over the Tennessee Tech men's golf program in 1979 and was responsible for establishing the Golden Eagle women's team in 1986. A Hall of Famer for both Tennessee Tech and the Ohio Valley Conference, he lost his battle with cancer in 2008 at the age of 66.
The Tennessee men's golf team is back in action Sunday, March 24 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.
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|TEAM SCORES (Final)|
|1.||UT Martin||297-296--593 (+17)|
|T-2.||Newberry College||303-300--603 (+27)|
|T-2.||Eastern Kentucky||295-308--603 (+27)|
|4.||Northern Kentucky||304-301--605 (+29)|
|6.||Detroit Mercy||308-309--617 (+41)|
|7.||Tennessee Tech||315-306--621 (+45)|
|8.||Northern Iowa||304-318--622 (+46)|
|9.||Tennessee State||312-320--632 (+56)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)|
|1.||Brandon Rodgers, TENNESSEE||71-72--143 (-1)|
|2.||Ben Reeves, UT Martin||74-70--144 (E)|
|T-3.||Taylor Riggs, Eastern Kentucky||74-72--146 (+2)|
|T-3.||Quinn Vilneff, Evansville||69-77--146 (+2)|
|UT SCORES (Final)|
|1.||Brandon Rodgers||71-72--143 (-1)|
|T-5.||Mike Nagy||71-76--147 (+3)|
|T-8.||Marshall Talkington||73-75--148 (+4)|
|T-8.||Chad Merzbacher||72-76--148 (+4)|