Gibson's 73 Leads Blue Raider Effort

April 23, 2002 · MT Media Relations

NICEVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Charlie Gibson fired a second-round 73, to lead the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the second round of the Sun Belt Championships here at The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay. The Blue Raiders shot a second-round 298 for a two-round score of 611, placing them in ninth heading into Wednesday's final round.

Gibson shot one-under on the front nine with birdies at 2, 8 and 9, then had seven pars and bogeys on 10 and 16 on the back for his 73. Gibson stands at 80-73-153 and is tied for 23rd with five other players.

Senior John Beddies had an eagle on his 10th hole Tuesday, but started the round wildly, with bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey on the first five holes of the day. The senior was even for the day until bogeys at 14 and 16 led to his 74, two shots better than Monday's opening round for a 76-74-150, in eighth place but 10 shots behind leader Jon Babich, the only player in the field under par.

Senior JR Wade made birdies at 1,3, 12 and 13 on the day, but had four three bogeys and two doubles to shoot three-over 75. His tee shot landed out of bounds on 16, leading to a double bogey, then he missed a short par putt on the 18th that led to another bogey. Wade is tied for 21st with Brian Thornburg of New Mexico State.

Patrick Williams was four-over on the front Tuesday, but played the back at even par, including birdies at 10 and 17 to shoot a second-round 76. He stands at 80-76-156 heading into Wednesday's round, tied for 35th.

Again Willie Daniel had a good score on the Lake Course for the second day in a row, the opening nine holes for the men. Daniel shot a one-over 37 on the front with eight pars and just a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole after an errant tee shot. Daniel finished the round at 78, and stands 82-78-160 for the two rounds.

Head coach Johnny Moore said the Blue Raiders played better, but the rounds could have been better all the way around.

"We played OK. We turned a terrific round into a pretty good round by playing the last four holes in seven-over par," head coach Johnny Moore said. "That's what this golf course will do to you. We got through the difficult holes with some good scores today, but played the easy holes poorly. The wind changed directions and the course was easier today, and the scores showed that.

"We hit four balls out-of-bounds in the round. John Beddies played well today and JR did well to get it back to even after being two down. Charlie was steady all day."

The Blue Raiders will tee off at 8 a.m. again Wednesday in the final round of the tournament at the Bluewater Bay Resort.

9th - 313-298=611
18. John Beddies, 76-74-150
t21. JR Wade, 77-75-152
t23. Charlie Gibson, 80-73-153
t35. Patrick Williams, 80-76-156
t44. Willie Daniel, 82-78-160

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