Daniel takes low medalist, CU men win team title
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Daniel takes low medalist, CU men win team title
Cumberland's men won the team title by five shots over Martin Methodist on Tuesday at the Phoenix Invitational. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – Junior Garrett Daniel posted a final-round one-under par 70 to take low medalist honors and Cumberland shot a final-round team score of 297 to take the team title here Tuesday at Old Hickory Country Club.

Daniel started his round at No. 11 and collected three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. The Linden, Tenn., native added two more birdies on the front side, winning by three shots over Austin Peay’s Jay Fox. Daniel was the only player under par in both rounds.

Cumberland posted a team total of 295 on an extremely windy day at Old Hickory that drove scores well above Monday’s opening round. The Phoenix erased a one-shot deficit, winning the title by five strokes over first-round leader Martin Methodist.

Junior Dominic Patton tied for eighth playing as an individual. The Chippenham, England, native shot a second-round 76 with one birdie and 12 pars, his best finish of the academic year.

Senior Zach Polston and redshirt sophomore Josh Wiseman each netted four-over par rounds of 75 on Tuesday. Wiseman started his round at No. 12 and tallied four pars and three birdies in his first seven holes, but the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native bogeyed the first four holes on the front nine before another birdie at No. 5. He ended the round with a double bogey, tying for 16th individually.

Polston birdied his first hole, the 12th, but bogeyed four of the next seven holes. The Lafayette, Tenn., native netted another birdie at the par-4 fifth hole and made four straight pars to finish the round, also tying for 19th overall.

Sophomore Jacob Nolen and senior Austin Williams both shot six-over par 77, with Williams registering a birdie at No. 11 to start but made a double bogey and a bogey at holes 13-14 before another birdie at No. 18. The Lafayette native netted six pars on the front nine, tying for 19th individually.

Nolen posted two bogeys and then a birdie to open his round, which started at No. 17, and recorded five pars and three bogeys along with the birdie on the front nine. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native birdied holes 10 and 12 but bogeyed three of the last four holes, tying for 19th overall.

Freshman Bryson Smith registered nine pars and two birdies, shooting 79 for the Phoenix. The Lafayette native finished 48th overall. Freshman Reece Gaddes struggled to an 83 thanks to illness while sophomore Colby Bolton shot a second-round 89.

Cumberland plays again in two weeks at the Mid-South Conference Spring Invitational at Dale Hollow State Park in Burkesville, Ky.

1.Garrett Daniel – 70-70=140
t8. Dominic Patton – 72-76=148*
t16. Josh Wiseman – 76-75=151
t16. Zach Polston – 76-75=151
t19. Jacob Nolen – 76-77=153*
t19. Austin Williams – 76-77=153
t37. Reece Gaddes – 76-83=159
48. Bryson Smith – 84-79=163*
57. Colby Bolton – 83-89=172*

1. Cumberland University – 298-297=595
2. Martin Methodist – 297-303=600
t3. Tennessee Wesleyan – 292-314=606
t3. University of Pikeville – 298-308=606
5. Faulkner University – 301-318=619
6. Campbellsville University – 314-306=620
7. Asbury University – 315-314=629
8. Midway University – 316-315=631
9. Huntington University – 315-320=635
10. Shawnee State – 325-315=640