Tyler “Chip” McDaniel took the tee and stole the show yesterday. Through three rounds, McDaniel shot a 1-under 212 to tie for third place overall. His under-par score was also the best on Kentucky’s five man team and his personal best of the year. Kentucky combined to shoot 14-over for the weekend and finish sixth place in a field of 10 teams.
McDaniel had a slow start to the tournament, posting a 4-over 75 first round score. However, a 1-under 70 on moving day provided the momentum he needed to make a run on Tuesday.
The veteran birdied the first, third, fourth, fifth, and tenth holes to tally a 5-under score through ten during his final round. However, a bogey on the last hole pushed him back to 4-under for a 67. Still, the 67 stood as the lowest round of the day and a season-best for McDaniel.
Chip’s teammate Stephen Stallings was sensational as well for the Wildcats. The senior and Louisville native was the most consistent Wildcat for the second straight tournament. Tying for seventh, Stallings shot 70, 72, and 72 to shoot 1-over par and finish just two shots back of McDaniel.
Wildcats Cooper Musselman, Evan Cox, and Fred Allen Meyer made up the rest of the 5-man team. Musselman finished tied for 20th, shooting 6-over for the tournament. Cox wasn't far behind, shooting 9-over and tying for 30th. Meyer, just three shots behind Cox, tied for 39th at 12-over.
Michigan State took the title, shooting just 3-over as a team. Ohio State finished second with a score of 7-over, followed by Charleston at third, then Mississippi State and Cincinnati tying for fourth. With Kentucky finishing sixth, Middle Tennessee State, Louisville, Akron and Xavier rounded out the rest of the field in that order.
Kentucky’s next appearance on the course will take place at the Kenny Perry Invitational. The two-day tournament is expected to start on October 10th in Bowling Green, Kentucky.