JACKSON, Tenn. – With two golfers in the top 10, SIUE Cougars golf finished as the runners-up at UT Martin’s Grover Page Classic completed Tuesday at the Jackson Country Club.
The Cougars fired a final-round score of 288 and finished at 849 (-15) for the tournament. SIUE finished tied with Missouri State, both finishing eight strokes back of team champion, host UT Martin.
SIUE’s 54-hole total of 849 is the sixth lowest in school history.
Luke Ludwig used an even-par round Tuesday to finish tied for fourth at 209 (-7). The fourth-place finish and the 54-hole total are both career bests for Ludwig.
TJ Baker earned his third career top-10 finish, tying for ninth place at 210 (-6).
Two other golfers earned top-25 finishes. Anthony Ruthey finished at 216 (E) to tie for 22nd place while Brady Kaufmann tied for 25th at 217 (+1). Alex Eickhoff finished at 222 to tie for 46th.
The Cougars sent three individuals to the tournament as well. Brent Reintjes tied for 35th at 219. Preston Bily, playing in his first collegiate event, finished tied for 46th at 222. Max Bruening, also playing in his first collegiate event, tied for 73rd at 228.
SIUE returns home to host 15 other schools at the Dolenc Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Gateway National Golf Links.
Joe Pott has been the "Voice of the Cougars" since 2008. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, oversees all communications and broadcasting operations for SIUE athletics.
He is the radio voice of Cougar men's basketball and baseball on 88.7 the Sound, all home broadcasts on ESPN+ and also has appeared on FOX Sports Midwest (now Bally Sports) as part of the Cougars' basketball television package.
He has called more than 400 SIUE men's basketball games and nearly 500 Cougar baseball games in addition to several hundred more soccer, volleyball, softball, and women's basketball games, while also serving as the host and emcee at many Cougar athletics special events throughout the year.
Pott also manages the student video crew responsible for the live production of SIUE Athletics events online. He has helped facilitate the transition of SIUE broadcasts from SIUETV to the OVC Digital Network and then to ESPN+.
Off the air, he heads the Athletic Communications Department and is the primary media contact for men's basketball, baseball, men's soccer and golf. Away from SIUE, Pott is in his fifth year as part of the sports staff on KMOX Radio where he serves as a host on the part-time host of the station and the St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network.