MSU Golf in Fourth at Memphis Intercollegiate

CORDOVA, Tenn. - Mississippi State's men's golf team finished day one of the inaugural Memphis Intercollegiate in Cordova, Tenn. in fourth place on the leaderboard at Colonial Country Club's par 72 South Course. The Bulldogs registered a team-total of 290 in the afternoon session to spring them into the top-five in the team competition. State fired an opening round 298 and was in eighth place after the first 18 holes of play.

MSU goes into Tuesday's final round at nine strokes off the pace set by the University of Central Florida, who fired a two-round tally of 579. Host-Memphis is four shots back, while Xavier is six shots behind at 585.

Joe Deraney led all Bulldog competitors with a two-round total of 143. He opened the day with an even-par round of 72 and finished day one with a one-under-par 71. The senior from Statesboro, Ga. is tied for second and one shot off the leader in the individual race. Tim Satow and Josh Oller both turned in even-par rounds in the second round. Satow was three-over after one round, while Oller rebounded from a 77 in the morning round to propel him in to 28th. Greg Huxman and Daniel Boles rounded out the scoring for the Maroon and White. Huxman finished the day at 150 and in 34th place, while Boles finished at 161.

"Our goal coming in to the tournament was to not count a lot of scores over 75," said head coach Clay Homan. "Our putting is getting a lot better, the greens here are fast and tricky. Playing three weeks in a row has given us some consistency; we have a chance to win if we play well on Tuesday," said Homan.

Senior Carl Sutton is competing this week as an individual. He finished the day with rounds of 83 and 76. Xavier's Neal Grusczynski leads the 54-hole tournament with a three-under-par 144.

The Intercollegiate will conclude Tuesday with a round 18 holes.

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