Taylor Riggs tied for first and the Eastern Kentucky University men’s golf team finished third at the rain-shortened Grover Page Classic Tuesday hosted by Tennessee-Martin in Jackson, Tenn.

The event was scheduled for 54 holes. Thirty-six holes were played on Monday, but Tuesday’s final round was canceled due to rain. Riggs tied with two others with a total of 141, but lost the scorecard playoff to Jordan Smith of Murray State.

As a team, EKU began play with a first-round score of 291, but shaved three shots off that total for a second round 288. EKU’s two-round total of 579 was three shots behind Tennessee-Martin (576) and Tennessee Tech (576). Those two teams conducted a three-hole playoff on Tuesday with UTM winning the playoff by one shot.

Riggs shot under par in both rounds. He began with a 1-under 71 before concluding Monday’s play with a 2-under 70 in round two for a 3-under total of 141.

Senior Patric Sundlof also placed in the top-10, finishing just one shot behind the leaders with a 36-hole total of 142 (-2).

Jared Brown (147) tied for 23rd at 3-over. Noah Combs (149) tied for 28th at 5-over.

The 12-team event was contested at the Jackson Country Club, a par-72, 6,783-yard course.

Murray State (580) and Lee (580) tied for fourth. Southern Illinois (581) and Missouri State (588) rounded out the top seven teams.

The Colonels continue their spring schedule at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate beginning Saturday in Sevierville, Tenn.

EKU women golfers place           10th at North Florida

A tough final round dropped the Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf team from sixth to 10th at the UNF Collegiate, hosted by the University of North Florida.

The Colonels began the event with rounds of 308 and 307 on Monday and sat in sixth place. However, a final round 320 on Tuesday dropped EKU to 10th with a three-round total of 935.

Houston was the wire-to-wire winner with a score of 885. Texas (900) placed second and Delaware (907) closed out the top-three. EKU finished ahead of three other Ohio Valley Conference schools. Belmont (960) placed 15th, Austin Peay (981) was 17th and Tennessee Tech (987) finished in 17th.

Anna Gleixner and Becky Sharpe led EKU and tied for 30th with scores of 233. Gleixner began with rounds of 76 and 77 before concluding with a final round of 80. Sharpe shot rounds of 78, 76 and 79.

Sofie Levin began the day tied for 18th after turning in rounds of 75 and 77 on Monday, but a round of 82 on Tuesday dropped the sophomore  to a tie for 35th.

The field of 18 competed at the par-72, 6,050-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.

EKU will play in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn., next Monday and Tuesday.

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