Alexander second, Pioneers third after day one of Tusculum Invitational

Brandon Alexander is tied for second place after 36 holes at the 2018 Tusculum Invitational
Brandon Alexander is tied for second place after 36 holes at the 2018 Tusculum Invitational

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The Pioneer men's golf team posted back-to-back rounds of 303 to shoot a 36-hole total 606 and are in third place after day one action of the 25th annual Tusculum Invitational.  The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the par-71, 6,763-yard Link Hills Country Club.

The Pioneers are seven shots behind tournament leader Walters State as the Senators sit at 599 and have a six-shot lead over second place Shorter University (605).

Tusculum senior Brandon Alexander is tied for second place with a three-over par 145 and is four shots behind leader Caleb Brown of Spartanburg Methodist at 141 (-1) including an opening round 69 for the only sub-70 score of the day.

Walters State's Alex Hodge is tied for second with Alexander with 145, while fellow Senator Trey Tobias is fourth with back-to-back rounds of 73 for his 146 (+4).  TC senior David Whinery, who is playing on the Tusculum B squad, has sole possession of fifth place with 74-73=147 (+5).

In the team competition, Spartanburg Methodist is fourth with 608 while the Tusculum B team rounds out the top-five at 623.  UVa-Wise is sixth with 632, followed by Bluefield College (633) Union, Ky. (637), Cleveland State, Tenn. (643) and Bluefield State (737).

Also in the top-10 for the Pioneers is sophomore Anthony Bolden, who carded a pair of 74s for his 148 and has him tied for sixth place.  Sophomore Liam Sweeney is tied for 12th place with 74-79=153, while sophomore newcomer Trey Blevins is tied for 31st with 81-80=161 in his collegiate debut.  Sophomore Bennett Noe is 36th with 86-79=165.

For the Tusculum B team, Carter Simon is tied for 20th place with 75-80-155, Hunter Chandley is 26th with 78-81=159 and Matthew Kowalski is 33rd with 76-86=162.

Sunday's final round will begin with a 9:30 p.m. shotgun start at Link Hills.

Tusculum is the three-time defending champion, but this marks the first time the Pioneers have not held the lead after a round of the TC Invitational since 2014 when TC trailed by 12 shots against Young Harris before rallying to a four-stroke win.