March 16, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

JACKSON, TENN. - The John A. Logan College men's golf team opened its spring slate of matches with a 10th-place finish Tuesday at a tournament hosted by the University of Tennessee-Martin in Jackson.

Logan was the only two-year school at the meet. The other 11 schools were four-year universities. Arkansas State University won the tournament and SIUC placed second.

The Vols shot rounds of 306 and 304 on Monday and 305 Tuesday for a combined score of 915. 

Top individual performers were freshman Nick Woolard and sophomore Austin Grote with a combined score for 54 holes of 225, placing them in a tie for 39th place overall out of 79 golfers. They each had a low round of 73 for 18 holes.

Murphysboro's Kody Rendleman followed at 237. Freshman Hunter York carded a 238 and sophomore Neal Northcott of Carmi checked in at 241.

"We could have played better, but for a first tournament, we didn't play all that badly," said JALC head coach Tom Ferris. "It was good competition for us. We didn't go there with the expectation of beating al those four-year schools. We wanted to show improvement each day. We showed some."

Logan will next compete in the Spring Fling invitational at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala. Thursday through Saturday.