Two Sewanee Men’s Golfers Compete at the Tennessee State Amateurs

Two Sewanee Men’s Golfers Compete at the Tennessee State Amateurs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two Sewanee men's golfers, Tommy Oliver and Nic Vandeventer, spent their final days of summer competing at the 102nd Annual Tennessee State Amateur Championships at the Belle Meade Country Club. 

Oliver finished the tournament in the top-20, tied for 18th with a 291 (+4). 

In the first round, the Sewanee, Tenn. native finished 71 on the par 72, tallying three birdies on the first, fifth, ninth and 10th holes. 

In his second round, the sophomore broke even with four more birdies. 

With a birdie and a bogey each on the front nine in his third round, Oliver ran into a road block in the early part of the back nine. After a birdie on the 11th hole, he would double bogey on 12. However, he would recover with two birdies on 16 and 18 to help to a par round, keeping him 1-under-par, 215 headed into the final round. 

He finished the final round with a 76 to finish inside the top-20. 

Oliver, in 2016-17, averaged a score of 75.5 with 43 birdies and one eagle. He finished the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Conference Championship tied for 18th with a 12-over-par, 228 in the three-round tournament at the Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle, Ark.

He won the Reeder Cup in Lookout Mountain, Ga. back in February with a 157 (+17). 

Vandeventer also competed in the tournament, firing a 159 (+15). However, the Bristol, Tenn. native was unable to proceed past the cut, which included golfers who finished 60th or better, including ties. In his 36 holes, the junior chipped in three birdies, including two in the first round. 

Last season, Vandeventer tallied an average score of 85.1, and his 167 score at the Rhodes College Fall Invitational marked his season-low. 

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