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Raiders take fifth at C-USA Championship

Raiders take fifth at C-USA Championship

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Allen

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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.

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Payne Denman named Conference USA Golfer of the Week

Payne Denman named Conference USA Golfer of the Week

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee junior golfer Payne Denman has been named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Denman, from Riverwatch, TN, led the Blue Raiders to the 2014 General Hackler Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach by finishing 11th overall with a 222 total. The General Hackler field had nine of 12 teams ranked in the top 100, including No. 23 Kent State who was a 2013 National Championship participant and four others who competed in the NCAA Regionals. It marked the Blue Raiders’ first tournament win since 2012 and moves the team’s spring record to 21-4.

Denman, who has a 73.9 stroke average this season, played his final 40 holes at 1-under par and birdied the final hole of the tournament to help secure the Raiders’ two-shot victory. The junior also led the team in par 4 scoring and tied for fifth in the field with 10 birdies.

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Blue Raiders win General Hackler Championship

Blue Raiders win General Hackler Championship

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Jimmy

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Brett Patterson, Payne Denman and Lucas Armstrong birdied their last hole to propel Middle Tennessee to a two-shot victory over No. 23 Kent State to win the 2014 General Hackler Championship. It marked the Blue Raiders’ first tournament win since grabbing the trophy at the 2012 Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

The Blue Raiders defeated eight teams ranked in the top 100, including four in the top 55. It also went down as the 16th tournament win under Head Coach Whit Turnbow and the 40th top five performance.

Middle Tennessee, which carries a 33-9 record over its last three tournaments, had a 54-hole score of 884 on the 6,950-yard par 72 TPC Myrtle Beach Course to finish just ahead of Kent State’s 886. No. 55 Iowa State was third at 890, while ETSU came in fourth with an 896. East Carolina rounded out the top five with an 897.

“At one point Monday in round one we were 17 over par and in 11th place,” said Turnbow. “These guys battled back to get in the final group today with No. 23 Kent State and were down a stroke and just played beautifully. We just have a bunch of blue collar guys whose toughness and work ethic in the winter is now paying off.

“I can’t say enough about the people who help us day-to-day in David Head, Jason Vest, Debbie Carroll, and Drew Shea. They were instrumental in putting us in position to do what we did today.”

Patterson, Denman and Armstrong all tied for 11th overall with 54 hole totals of 222. Patterson had rounds of 74-75-73 and had 35 pars for the tournament to tie for sixth most in the field.

Denman opened with a 78 and then bounced back with two strong rounds of 71-73. He led the team in par 4 scoring and tied for fifth in the field with 10 birdies.

Armstrong, who also tied for fifth in the field with 10 birdies, had rounds of 78-72-72. He paced the Blue Raiders and ranked tied for fourth in the field in par 5 scoring at 4-under.

Jordan Jennings enjoyed another solid day with a 1-over par 73 to finish the tournament tied for 17th. Jennings, who also had 10 birdies, registered rounds of 79-72-73.

Andrew Cho completed the scoring as he tied for 36th.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action March 28-30 at the FAU Spring Break Challenge in Lake Worth, FL.

1 (70) Middle Tennessee +20 F +3 303 290 291 884
2 (23) Kent State +22 F +6 305 287 294 886
3 (55) Iowa State +26 F +5 296 301 293 890
4 ETSU +32 F +13 303 292 301 896
5 East Carolina +33 F +16 303 290 304 897
6 (53) Louisville +35 F +8 302 301 296 899
7 Lamar +39 F +12 298 305 300 903
8 Coastal Carolina +41 F +15 295 307 303 905
9 Duke +49 F +10 314 301 298 913
10 (51) North Carolina +69 F +22 311 312 310 933
11 UNCW +73 F +29 311 309 317 937
12 Northern Illinois +100 F +27 330 319 315 964

T11 Brett Patterson (1) 74 75 73 222
T11 Payne Denman (2) 78 71 73 222
T11 Lucas Armstrong (4) 78 72 72 222
T17 Jordan Jennings (3) 79 72 73 224
T36 Andrew Cho (5) 73 79 79 231

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MTSU’s George second after first round at Hurricane Invitational

MTSU’s George second after first round at Hurricane Invitational

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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The Middle Tennessee women’s golf team opened the spring slate at the Hurricane Invitational hosted by Miami Monday as sophomore Avery George is tied for second after the opening round of play at the Biltmore Golf Course, while the Blue Raiders are ninth in the team standings.

George is one stroke back, carding a 69 at the par-71, 6,092-yard course just a few miles from the University of Miami campus. She is tied with No. 25 Iowa State’s Sasikarn On-lam and just behind No. 30 Miami’s Daniela Darquea, who shot a 68 for three-under par.

“It was a great day to start our first spring tournament, sunny and 85-degrees,” said MT head coach Chris Adams. “Avery (George) played great to be one shot off the lead and Allie (Knight) finished with an eagle after hitting it to 16-feet from 243 yards out to post a strong 73. We just have to work out the kinks with the other three players so we can move up.”

MT junior Allie Knight was second on the team, posting a 73. She is tied for 24th in the 96-player field. Sophomore Maddie Denton finished the day tied for 71st, carding a 79. Redshirt-sophomore Emily Miller and sophomore Emily Williams are tied for 77th after the first set of 18, each shooting an 80.

“The field is pretty strong with several top 50 teams and three in the top 30, but we need to have a strong showing in these kind of events,” Adams said. We have two more days and the forecast is the same.”

No. 30 Miami Hurricanes combined to shoot a 284 in round one, putting them one shot ahead of No. 25 Iowa State (285). Campbell (289) and Kennesaw State (289) are tied for third, while East Carolina (290) and Northwestern (290) round out the top five in the 17-team field. The Blue Raiders are currently ninth with a team score of 301.

The second round of play at the Hurricane Invitational will continue Tuesday with a shotgun start off No. 1 and No. 10 at 7:30 a.m. The final round of play on Wednesday will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Live scoring for the Hurricane Invitational will be available at and

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Raiders finish fifth at tough Mobile Bay Intercollegiate

Raiders finish fifth at tough Mobile Bay Intercollegiate

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Allen

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Middle Tennessee men’s golf opened the spring season on a high note by finishing fifth at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate where 10 of the 15 teams were ranked in the top 100 nationally. The Blue Raiders had a 54-hole total of 870 on the par 72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.

The Blue Raiders had consecutive rounds of 290-290-290 and had three different players shoot under par. The solid showing also saw MT finish ahead of four teams ranked higher in the polls.

No. 27 Auburn won the event with an 858 score while No. 36 Kentucky came in second with an 864. Memphis finished third followed by Georgia State and Middle Tennessee.

“I am really proud of our effort this week,” added Head Coach Whit Turnbow. “It validates all the hard work these guys put in over the winter during very difficult weather conditions.

“We picked up four nice wins over teams ranked ahead of us, including a huge 10-shot victory over No. 28 Wake Forest. I thought (Andrew) Cho and (Lucas) Armstrong played consistent, then you add in three rounds under par from different guys and you have a great team effort. This is what NCAA caliber teams look like.”

Junior Payne Denman led the way for the Raiders by finishing tied for third overall with a score of 213. Denman had rounds of 68-72-73 and totaled 11 birdies while shooting 4-under on the par 5s.

Senior Jordan Jennings continued his solid play by tying for 14th with rounds of 75-69-74. Jennings had seven birdies and an eagle while playing his final 38 holes at 2-under par.

Junior Brett Patterson tied for 20th overall with a 220 total. Patterson led the Blue Raiders in the final round with a 2-under par 70 that included an eagle on the par 5, 559-yard 13th. On his second shot, Patterson hit a 3-wood 260 yards to three-feet to set up his short eagle putt.

Lucas Armstrong tied for 38th with a 223, while Andrew Cho shot a 224 to tie for 46th.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action March 10-11 at the General Hacker Invitational in Murrells Inlet, SC.

1 (27) Auburn -6 F -2 290 282 286 858
2 (36) Kentucky E F -1 293 284 287 864
3 (41) Memphis +1 F -5 290 292 283 865
4 (58) Georgia State +2 F +1 287 290 289 866
5 (84) Middle Tennessee +6 F +2 290 290 290 870
6 (79) Mississippi +11 F +2 291 294 290 875
7 (71) Chattanooga +14 F +8 294 288 296 878
8 (28) Wake Forest +16 F +4 297 291 292 880
9 (53) South Alabama +20 F +2 298 296 290 884
10 Illinois State +22 F -1 303 296 287 886
11 Texas State +28 F +7 306 291 295 892
12 (98) Davidson College +23 F +3 299 297 298 894
13 Akron +37 F +4 305 304 292 901
14 Southern Mississippi +40 F +18 300 298 306 904
15 Samford +45 F +7 301 313 295 909

T3 Payne Denman (2) 68 72 73 213
T14 Jordan Jennings (5) 75 69 74 218
T20 Brett Patterson (1) 76 74 70 220
T38 Lucas Armstrong (4) 75 75 73 223
T46 Andrew Cho (3) 72 75 77 224

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