Men’s golf struggles in day two of tournament

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

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After finishing in eighth place to end the first day of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, the men’s golf team struggled in the second round, dropping them to last place.

The men’s golf team is in 11th place with just one more round left to play at the Robert Trent Jones “Fighting Joe” Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Eastern shot a 309 combined team score in the first round of the tournament on Monday, but dropped 12 strokes and shot a 321 Tuesday. They have a current team score of 630.

Tennessee-Martin moved into a first place after the second round, with Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky in a tie for second. Jacksonville State was the tournament leader heading into Tuesday’s round.

Eastern Kentucky was in fourth yesterday.

Yesterday, freshman Alvaro Hernandez was initially the Panthers’ top scorer, but struggled a little bit Tuesday, shooting an 82. He is tied for 46th with a two-round score of 157.

Freshman Charlie Adare was the Panthers’ top golfer on Tuesday. Adare fired a 77, helping him get to a tie for 33rd with a two-round score of 153. Fellow freshman Kevin Altenberger had the second-best score Tuesday, shooting a 79, which moved him into 52nd with a two-round total of 163.

Senior Will Drerup fired a second-round score of 83, putting him in 51st with a two-day total of 159. Sophomore Alex Gowin stands in 54th place with a two-round score of 166 after shooting an 84 on Tuesday.

Will Sallee of Eastern Kentucky shot a four-under par score of 68 on Tuesday. Sallee’s strong performance in the second round of the tournament has made him the tournament leader with a two-round score of 140. He is two-under par after two rounds.

Hunter Richardson of Tennessee-Martin is in second place and Daniel Pico of Jacksonville State is in third place.

Richardson was the first place finisher yesterday. Sallee was three strokes behind Richardson heading into the round on Tuesday. Pico dropped one spot from the first round.

Wednesday’s round will be the Panthers’ final showing for this season. The teams will play one final 18-hole round to finish off the tournament.

Sean Hastings can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]