The Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tennessee was hosted by Tennessee Tech University. 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams competed in the tournament on separate courses, women playing The Highlands Course at the Sevierville Golf Club.
During the chilly and gusty first two rounds, play was tough, as the winds and cold ran through the East Tennessee hills. Southern Mississippi University carded an impressive round of 305 to take the lead. Devon Spriddle, Southern Miss, shot a 72 to take the individual lead.
Coach Polk Brown touches on play and why this tournament means so much to Tennessee Tech.
Play was delayed in round two as frost had set in overnight. A shotgun start at 12 p.m. helped with the frost, but not the bitter biting winds or cold temperatures. The ladies were bundled up but playing well in the conditions. Gaining two strokes on second place, Southern Mississippi pulled out another impressive score of 306. Tennessee Tech followed suit by putting up a 308, improving on their first round by eight strokes. Youngstown State University player, Emily Dixon, shot a 75 to take the lead over the competition.
Coach Miklos talks about his team and how they finished and fought during the final round.
The final round started at 10 a.m. and with temperatures rising to mid-60s the girls could shed their rain and wind gear and play golf in the sun. Tennessee Tech played hard during the last 18 shooting 312, gaining eight strokes on Southern Miss.
Southern Miss was crowned champions of The Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate after shooting a tournament score of 931 to beat Tennessee Tech by five strokes.
Coach Robson touches on how the girls played and what they are doing going into the rest of spring season.
Emily Dixon, Youngstown State, and Valentina Haupt, Southern Miss, carded strong scores of 228 to tie for the lead. Haupt won in a scorecard playoff to take home the trophy.
I spoke with Southern Miss’s head coach, Erika Brennan, about the way her girls fought hard in the winds, chill and occasional sun.
“I’m really proud of how well they played and how they stuck with it this tournament,” Brennan said. The smiling coach was being congratulated by parents, players and coaches alike on their win.
UNC-Greensboro girls fought through their rounds in the hills of East Tennessee.
“It was a whole team effort out there, they all played well and fought through everything, I think it will play out well for us in post season play as well,” Brennan said.
I also caught up with Tennessee Tech’s head coach, Polk Brown, about why they picked this course and what it means to them.
“This tournament means a lot to us, Mr. Nichols was a great coach and we wanted to make this tournament in memory of all the great things he did for Tech golf,” Brown said. “We are looking forward to hosting this event for many years to come.”
Savanna Schubert began playing golf at the age of seven in East Tennessee. Achieving her goal of playing collegiate golf, she graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Communications degree in Broadcast Journalism. Combining her passions of golf and broadcast, GolfSavy was created.