Wade Shoots 72 in Final Round of Career

April 24, 2002 · MT Media Relations
NICEVILLE, Fla. - JR Wade shot an even-par 72, as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders shot 305 in the final round of the Sun Belt Championships at The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay, finishing ninth.

Wade had birdies at 7 and 10 and made an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, sticking a 225-yard three-wood to within two feet. Wade played his final collegiate round Wednesday and finished at 224 for the tournament, the best finish for a Blue Raider. Wade was named all-conference by the league coaches and finished tied for 18th.

Charlie Gibson had the second-best round for the squad on Wednesday, turning in a round of 76 that included a birdie on the third hole. Gibson finished at 229 for the tournament.

John Beddies had four birdies in his round and fired a 78, struggling on the back nine in his final round as a Blue Raider. Beddies birdied 2, 6, 9 and 10 on the day to finish at 228 for the tourney.

Patrick Williams had a one-under 35 on the front nine with birdies at 4 and 9, then another birdie at 13 before a quadruple bogey led to a 44 on the back nine and a round of 79. Williams came in at 235 in the three-day event.

Willie Daniel got off to a disastrous start, hitting his first two drives out of bounds on the opening hole. Daniel finally found the fairway and made nine on the par-4, then shot four-over for the remaining 17 holes to shoot 81. The sophomore had birdies at 2, 9 and 10 and made a 10-foot, downhill par-saving putt at 16.

"We played reasonably well on the front nine and then didn't finish again today," Moore said. "We weren't tough enough mentally to grind it out.

"The course was strange to us, but it was strange to everyone. We made some bad judgments in club selection the three days and then compounded those mistakes by trying to make it up.

"JR did well. He was three-over on the back and got it back to even, and Willie Daniel did a good job after the first hole."

Final results from the tournament can be accessed at sunbeltsports.org.

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