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 round.
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