TUNICA, Miss. – The University of Tennessee golf team at Martin will play for the inaugural Carpenter/Chaney Classic championship trophy after wins over fellow Ohio Valley Conference opponents Austin Peay (5-0-1) and Murray State (4-2) today at Tunica National.
Ranked No. 2 in the eight-team tournament made up entirely of OVC teams, the Skyhawks will face No. 1 seed Tennessee Tech tomorrow for the right to be called freshman event champions.
“Overall, I couldn’t ask for a better result today,” said UT head coach Martin. Austin Swafford noted. “Our guys fought and played hard all day and managed to come out 2-0 against two good teams.”
Jonathan Xonis, Garrett Chumley and Jacob Uehlein were all 2-0 today for the Skyhawks as Tate Chumley (1-0-1) was also undefeated. Cayden Rooms and Bryson Morel also added wins in the quarter-final round against Austin Peay.
Against the Governors, Xoinis led six in the victory over his counterpart. Rooms and Garrett Chumley were each up four at the end of their games while Uehlein (up two) and Morrell (up one) each picked up wins. Tate Chumley tied its competitor for the No. 1 spot in the roster.
“This morning we got off to a great start,” Swafford said. “We got up early in some games and were able to keep that momentum going throughout the round, so that was great to see.”
This afternoon, Tate Chumley picked up a dominating victory as the senior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee finished his one-on-one clash with six. Xoïnis, Garrett Chumley and Uehlein scored wins by the same margin (plus two).
“In the second round it was a similar story, but Murray State played really well and lost some of the momentum we had early on,” Swafford said. “With the last set of holes, at one point four games were tied and could have gone either way. I’m proud of how the guys hung on and worked through their game.”
Overall, Xoinis had a team-best seven birdies, while Chambers and Uehlein were close behind with six. Morrell was one of 21 Eagles on the day by the 48-man tournament field.
In other quarterfinals today, No. 1 Tennessee Tech beat No. 8 Tennessee State and No. 4 Morehead State beat No. 5 SIUE by identical margins of 4-1 -1. No. 6 Murray State tied No. 3 Belmont 2-2-2 but advanced to the winners’ pool after a 32-28 tiebreaker for most holes won.
In the other semifinal, Tennessee Tech won by a 3-2-1 margin over Morehead State. In the consolation bracket, Belmont beat Austin Peay (3-2-1) while SIUE won 5-1 over Tennessee State.
UT Martin will play the No. 1 hole tomorrow as Morrell (10:06 a.m.) kicks things off. Chambers (10:13 a.m.), Xoinis (10:20 a.m.), Garrett Chumley (10:27), Uehlein (10:34) and Tate Chumley (10:41) will follow in the Skyhawks’ pursuit of their fourth tournament victory of the season.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to play in the league game,” Swafford said. “Tennessee Tech has a strong and experienced team, so we’re going to have to be ready to play – we’re looking forward to this opportunity.”