Cross, Johnson, Place In Top 10 as Vols Finish Tied for Fourth at Blessings


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Tennessee men’s golf team wrapped up its opening tournament of the fall Wednesday, finishing tied for fourth place at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational.
 
Spencer Cross (T-4th) and Tyler Johnson (8th) both placed inside the top 10 for the Vols, marking the second straight season that Tennessee has placed two players in the top 10 at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational.
 
After carding a 6-over total on Wednesday, Tennessee finished 1-under 863 in total for the week. For comparison, the Vol shot 9-over last season and finished second.
 
En route to his tied for fourth place finish, Cross shot all three rounds under par for the week, finishing at 7-under overall—his best score in relation to par since the 2019 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
 
Cross’ tied for fourth place finish marks his fifth career top-five finish.
 
Just as Cross did, Johnson shot all three rounds of the tournament under par, compiling a three-round score of 4-under. Johnson’s eighth-place finish marks the ninth top-10 finish of his career, while his 4-under score is his best score in relation to par since shooting 6-under and winning the 2019 Intercollegiate at the Grove.
 
Jake Hall gave Tennessee its third-highest final finish, finishing tied for 27th. After shooting even par during rounds one and two, Hall shot 6-over during round three to bring his tournament total to 6-over.
 
In addition to Cross and Johnson, Bryce Lewis and Hunter Wolcott gave Tennessee its third and fourth counting rounds for round three, each shooting 4-over 76 on the day.
 
For the tournament as a whole, Lewis and Wolcott both tied for 34th place, shooting a three-round total of 8-over.
 
For their next competition, the Vols have a quick turnaround and are back in action on Sunday at the SEC Men’s Match Play Championship. The event runs from Sunday through Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama at Shoal Creek Golf Club.
 
Individual Scores
T4. Spencer Cross, -7 (209)
8. Tyler Johnson, -4 (212)
T27. Jake Hall, +6 (222)
T34. Bryce Lewis, +8 (224)
T34. Hunter Wolcott, +8 (224)
 
Team Leaderboard
1. Arkansas, -18 (846)
2. Arizona, -5 (859)
3. Ole Miss, -3 (861)
T4. Tennessee, -1 (863)
T4. Illinois, -1 (863)
T4. North Carolina, -1 (863)
7. Texas Tech, +3 (867)
8. Louisville, +14 (878)
9. UCLA, +15 (879)
10. Houston, +32 (896)

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