The Middle Tennessee men’s golf team finished fifth at the 2014 Conference USA Championship after the final round of play Tuesday at the par-70, 6,861-yard Oak Tree Country Club course as all five Blue Raiders finished in the top-25.
Middle Tennessee shot 294 in the third round Tuesday to tally 869 (293-282-294) through 54 holes for fifth-place on the 14-team leaderboard. Rice took home top honors with a score of 861 (293-282-286), while No. 18 UAB claimed second with 862 (290-283-289). Tulsa earned third-place honors at 866 (288-281-297), while Charlotte was fourth, totaling 868 (291-281-296).
“We put up a great fight this week in conditions we rarely see,” said MT head coach Whit Turnbow. “We had all five players in the top-25, which is outstanding. I am very proud of this team.”
Redshirt-junior Brett Patterson led the Blue Raiders on the day, carding 71 for one-over par. He finished tied for 15th in the 69-player field with a total score of 219 (78-70-71).
Senior Jordan Jennings and redshirt-junior Andrew Cho were next on the team, each turning in a 74 in the final round of play for Middle Tennessee. Cho finished the three-day event tied for 15th with a score of 219 (73-72-74), while Jennings was a stroke back at 220 (78-68-74) and tied for 22nd.
MT senior Lucas Armstrong shot a 75 in the final round Tuesday. Through 54 holes, he tallied 219 (72-72-75) to also finish tied for 15th, alongside junior Payne Denman. Denman posted a 77 in the third round for a total score of 219 (70-72-77).
“They have been working and battling since August to put themselves in position to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Turnbow said. “I truly believe our body of work throughout the year is good enough to get the call. We have three wins over top-25 teams, including Texas. These guys get it done on and off the course. They have a perfect 1,000 APR, numerous All-American scholars and have a team GPA over 3.0. They are tremendous representatives of our university and our community. They have been a pleasure to coach.”
The Blue Raiders will await word on an at-large bid to an NCAA Regional as the NCAA golf selection announcement will come during the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show Monday, May 5.