JONESBOROUGH, TENN. With three teams left on holes 16 through 18, play was suspended before the second round could be completed at the 9th Annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges here. The University of Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the country by Golfweek, is one of 15 teams competing here, 11 of those ranked. Those three teams left stranded will pick up play and finish their round Sunday morning to determine standings going into Sunday’s third and final round.
On a day where high winds and tough conditions ruled, Alabama’s scores reflected the conditions, though Alabama played better in the afternoon round than in the morning. The Crimson Tide shot 304, 16 over par, in the opening round but followed it with 290, two over par, in the afternoon round despite the worsening conditions.
Michael Thompson had Alabama’s best day overall, opening high at 77, five over par in the morning but following up with 68, four under par. He’s at one over going into the final round. Gator Todd is three over par after two rounds. He shot 73-74/147. Mark Harrell is six over par, shooting 78-72/150. Joseph Sykora is eight over par, shooting identical round totals of 76 (76-76/152), and Thomas Hagler is 13 over par. He shot 79-78/157.
East Tennessee State, the host school, is playing on its home course and had the best score in the clubhouse for the day of the teams who had finished. ETSU was six over par, leading North Carolina by two strokes. ETSU’s two-time All-American Rhys Davies and South Carolina’s George Bryan IV were tied for the lead of those who finished, both a four under par going into the final round.