GALLATIN – Jenna Burris and
Hanley Long’s bid to win a third Tennessee Women’s Four-Ball title got off to a
hot start Tuesday afternoon.
The Middle Tennessee State
University teammates fired a round of 12-under, 60 at Foxland Harbor Golf and
Country Club to hold a five-stroke lead in the First Flight after the opening
Burris and Long also teamed
up to win the championship in 2015 at Germantown Country Club and last year at
Lookout Mountain Golf Club.
The duo started their round
with back-to-back pars before reeling off four straight birdies. Burris then
eagled the par-five, 7th and added a birdie on No. 9 to go out with
a card of 29.
After two more pars to start
their back nine, they had six birdies in holes 12-18 that was only interrupted by
a bogey on No. 14.
Among the teams they lead are
sisters Caroline and Catherine Caudill – also part of the MTSU women’s
golf program – and Carson-Newman University golfers Reagan Kinnie and Rachel
Watts. Both shot 7-under, 65 on Tuesday.
There is a three-way tie for
four place at 6-under, including: former University of Tennessee golfers Teleri
Hughes and Blakesly Warren, MTSU golfer Savannah Quick and sister Ashley
Gilliam, and another Carson-Newman duo, Allie Fletcher and Taylor Hayes.
Ryan Kopet and Georgia
McCravey, both of Chattanooga, are seventh in the First Flight at 4-under,
followed by University of Tennessee-Chattanooga women’s golf coach Colette
Murray and Amy Long at 3-under.
For a complete look at the
first-round scoring and flight breakdown, visit: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1378430