GREENSBORO, N.C. / COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Three Sewanee men's golfers competed last week in the Tennessee and North Carolina State Amateurs. Gray Matthews participated in the 94th Carolinas Open presented by BB&T, while Tommy Oliver and Nic Vandeventer played in the 103rd Tennessee State Amateur.
Matthews flirted with the top spot in the event at the Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. on Aug. 7-9. Through 18 holes, he fired a 65, the second-lowest score in the round thanks to six birdies, including four in a row from holes seven to ten.
Despite firing a 74 in the final round, Matthews finished the three-round event in a tied for sixth place out of 60 qualifiers with a five-under, 208 (65-69-74). The Raleigh, N.C. native, finished with a par or better in 47 of the 54 holes he played, including 13 birdies.
The 2017-18 season saw Matthews earn First Team All-Conference honors by the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with a third-place finish for the rising junior.
Oliver and Vandeventer spent their week in Collierville outside of Memphis at the 103rd Tennessee State Amateurs at the Spring Creek Ranch on Aug. 7-10. The duo also competed at the State Amateurs a year ago in Nashville.
Oliver finished 51st in the event with a 305 (73-78-78-76) with 10 birdies. In the final round on Friday, the SAA Co-Player of the Year fired a 34 on the back nine thanks to three birdies and one bogey for the Sewanee native.
Vandeventer played in two rounds of the Amateur Championships before being cut. The Bristol native fired a 167 (89-78).
The fall session of the 2018-19 schedule begins on Sunday, Sept. 9 with the SAA Preview at the Greystone Golf Club in Dickson.