STARKVILLE, Miss. - Teeing off in their first tournament of the fall campaign, the Mississippi State men's golf team competes in the Scenic City Invitational Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11, at the Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Council Fire Golf Club is a par-72 course and will host the NCAA South Regional in May.
"I know it will be a good course to play at because regionals will be hosted there in May," said MSU Head Coach Clay Homan. "It is a good opportunity for us to get some experience on a tournament course, one that will hopefully be returning to at the end of the spring next year."
Mississippi State joins 16 other teams in the tournament field including SEC foes, LSU and Mississippi. Rounding off the tournament field are Charlotte, Middle Tennessee State, Virginia Commonwealth, Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana, Mercer, Furman, Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech, Francis Marion, South Florida, Akron, West Carolina and the host Chattanooga.
This marks the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs have competed in the Scenic City Invitational. Last year, MState finished third out of a field of 17, scoring a 901 (+37) after three rounds of play. Junior Carlos Sainz led the team with 223 strokes (+7) for an average of 74.3 strokes per round.
Sainz is expected to compete in this year's invitational along with senior Josh Oller, who is coming off a medical redshirt season. Junior Logan Young will make the trip to Chattanooga and competing in their first Division I tournament are junior transfer Josh Bevell and freshman Bradley Thompson.
"The guys are excited to get the season started and I am really looking forward to see how we perform out there. I am really anxious to see Josh (Bevell) and Bradley (Thompson) get to compete in their first Division-I tournaments," said Coach Homan.
Upon completing play at the Scenic City Invitational, Mississippi State will prepare to host the third annual Magnolia Cup at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Mississippi State men's golf team opened play at the Scenic City Invitational with rounds of 287 and 288 on Monday. After 36 holes of competition, MSU stands eighth in a field of 17.
Setting the pace for the Bulldogs was junior Logan Young, who shot rounds of 73 and 66, at the par-71 Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga. The Memphis, Tenn., native opened up the day with a round of 2-over but responded with an afternoon where he tallied six birdies and only one bogey to put him at 3-under after two rounds of competition.
Junior Carlos Sainz, Jr. was consistent with rounds of 71 and 72 to sit 1-over going into the final round. Junior Josh Bevell, who is playing in his first Division I tournament, was 1-under par after round one, but after a 76 in round two, sits at 4-over par. Senior Josh Oller notched rounds of 73 and 74 to put him at 5-over. Freshman Bradley Thompson, who is also seeing his first action in Division I, had a first round 73, but faltered in the second round with a 10-over 81.
"We were consistent in scoring today, especially in the first round," said head coach Clay Homan. "We had some guys struggle on the greens today and missed some putts, but I think we are sitting well in the standings. I know we can respond well to this and come out and put up a good score tomorrow."
Charlotte leads the field of 17 after two rounds with 543, followed by host school Chattanooga which is four back with 547.
Tuesday's final round will begin at 7 a.m. CT.
Hanahan, S.C. - Mississippi State's women's golf team fired a 303 on the second day of the Cougar Classic and stand in 14th heading into Tuesday's final round. After two rounds at the Yeaman's Hall Golf Club, MSU's 36-hole score of 602 is the eighth best in school history.
Leading State on the second consecutive day was sophomore Suzanne Stanley. The Decatur, Ala., native carded a 1-over 73 for the second time in as many days and sits in a tie for 23rd. Both the 18-hole score and 36-hole score for Stanley are career best. Freshmen Erika Thornton and Mallory Batson both fired rounds of 75 on Monday and moved up on the leaderboard. Thornton is tied for 58th while Batson is in a tie for 67th. Junior Julia Huh has a two-day score of 154 and is tied for 64th while sophomore Gina Sharp is tied for 74th with a 156.
"Each player has experienced highs and lows in their rounds the first two days," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "Suzanne was solid in round one, fought alignment problems today but was still able to produce a good outcome. Erika and Mallory made good comebacks today after their opening rounds. Erika was hitting the ball really well today and Mallory made a move on the back nine shooting 2-under."
Tennessee shot their second straight round of 288 to take a three shot lead over Notre Dame in the team race. In the individual competition, two Notre Dame players are on top of the leaderboard. So-Hyun Park stands at 5-under par while round-one leader Lisa Maunu is at 4-under.
Tuesday's final round will get under way with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT.