Burnett's 75 Highlights Solid Lady Raider Start

April 22, 2002 · MT Media Relations
NICEVILLE, Fla. - Kandace Burnett tied her low round for the season to highlight an opening round 320 for the Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders in the first round of the Sun Belt Championships here at The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay.

The Lady Raiders are tied for sixth and will tee off at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, grouped with New Orleans and Denver. Middle Tennessee trails tournament leader New Mexico State by 20 strokes, but is just 11 shots from third place.

Burnett, a junior from Monahans, Texas, started the round with a double bogey on the first hole, then made three birdies in the next five holes to shoot a one-under 35 on the front nine, played on the Bay Course of the Bluewater Bay Resort.

Her 75 tied her best round of the academic year and was her first round in the 70's since the Lady Eagle Invitational in early February. The score was also 10 shots under her first-round scoring average for the season.

Sophomore Tamara Munsch shot an opening round 78, scrambling with a birdie on the par-5, seventh hole of the Magnolia Course, her 16th hole of the day. She shot 39 on both sides for the second best score of the day for the Lady Raiders.

The other three Lady Raiders all shot 84 - Kemmerlee Pennington, Amanda Harter and Kristin Lynch. Lynch shot 40 on the front nine but struggled a bit on the back, while Pennington and Harter both shot 40 on the back to end the day on a high note.

Lady Raider head coach Rachael Moore was very pleased with her team's round, and said Tuesday would be a big day for her squad.

"I am very pleased with a 320 for our team," Moore said. "We were really up and down the whole round. Tamara worked very hard for her 78, and that was a big positive.

"Tomorrow is moving day, and we need to gain on the leaders. There is not a set score we need to shoot, but we need to improve our scores across the board and make a move toward the top of the leaderboard."

The Lady Raiders played in the first group of the day on Monday, as the first day starting times were based on last year's finish. The squad will tee off later in the morning on Tuesday, and Moore says that can be an advantage, however small.

"We can see some of the other groups and how they are playing earlier in the morning, and that can be a little bit of an advantage. But we have to take care of ourselves, and that means being patient and making good club selections, which we did not today."

The team score of 320 was the best round for the Lady Raiders since a 315 in the first round at the Lady Eagle Invitational on February 4.

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