CHAMPS: @UTTylerMensGolf earns Tournament Town Preview championship

Monday, September 25, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UT Tyler men’s golf team won the Tournament Town Preview on Tuesday with Tyler Uhlig finishing second overall and Sam Hill taking 10th to lead the No. 1-ranked Patriots to their first tournament title of the season.

UT Tyler shot a 281-289-305 – 875 to earn the tournament championship over 18 of the premier NCAA Division III golf programs in the nation, including Huntingdon College and Illinois Wesleyan which finished tied for second with team totals of 878. Concordia took fourth with a 296-295-293 – 884 and Methodist was fifth with a 293-301-293 – 887 showing in the 54-hole tournament at the Grandover Resort.

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“We played well for two rounds but today I was proud of how we fought through touch conditions and very poor play to still find a way to win the event,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “I don’t think winning helps our confidence, we just have an extremely high standard for how we should play and we didn’t play to our standard today. Even though we won the event we will have a lot to work on before our next event. I’m proud and excited for the guys but we can’t expect to play like this and accomplish our team season goals.”

Uhlig recorded his best finish as a Patriot with an even-par tournament with a 72-72-72 – 216, while Sam Hill was 4-over with a tournament resume of 68-74-78 – 220. Uhlig, who transferred from McClennan, led the tournament with 12 birdies while Hill had eight. UT Tyler sophomore Trystan Perkins was 23rd overall with a 75-72-76 – 223, while DJ Godoy (69-76-79 – 224) and George Toone (72-71-81 – 224) were tied for 28th at the completion of the event.

UT Tyler was the wire-to-wire winner after the blistering start of 281 which is the fourth lowest round in program history and proved to be the low round of the tournament.  The Patriots were 9-under-par on par 5s and averaged 4.19 on par 4s, both of which led the tournament.

Sophomore Zach Evens (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) of tournament co-host Guilford College captured his first collegiate medalist honor. The Washington State resident birdied his final hole, the 18th, and edged a trio of competitors by a single stroke to join Noah Ratner ’13 as Guilford winners of the Preview tournament. 

Co-hosted by Guilford and the Greensboro Sports Commission, the Preview consisted of top finishers from the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships and select regional teams. The event previewed the 2018 Division III Championships, which return to Grandover for the third time in seven years May 15-18. This year’s field featured 17 teams ranked among the top-25 in the Bushnell/Golfweek Poll, including eight of the top-nine clubs.