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Blue Raiders Finish 8th; Lady Raiders Place 6th at SBC Championship

April 23, 2003 · MT Media Relations

NICEVILLE, Fla. - The Middle Tennessee men's and women's golf teams concluded play at the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Golf Tournament on Wednesday with the women finishing a program best sixth, while the men came home in eighth place. Senior Patrick Williams and junior Tamara Munsch were both voted to the All-Sun Belt team.

 

North Texas won on the men's side, while New Mexico State took the women's title. Both programs led from start to finish at the Bluewater Bay Resort course and earned automatic bids into NCAA regional play.

 

The Lady Raiders shot a three-round total of 972 to finish one spot better than their seventh place showing a year ago. Sophomore Kristin Lynch led the Lady Raiders with a 239 to tie for 21st overall, while Munsch totaled a 241 to tie for 22nd. Munsch, who started the championship with her worst 18-hole score as a Lady Raider, earned her second straight all-league honor.

 

Senior Kandace Burnett, who led MT after the first two rounds, finished with a 242 to place 25th. Grace Holmes carded a 255 to tie for 37th, and Amanda Harter was 42nd overall.

 

On the men's side, Middle Tennessee got better with each round, but struggled with inconsistency en route to a score of 914.

 

Freshman Josh Nelms led the Blue Raider charge with a 228 to tie for 28th overall, which was his best finish of the year. Williams tied for 31st with a 229, while Charlie Gibson tied for 34th with a 230.

 

Carter Henderson was 36th with a 231, while Blake Bivens collected a disappointing 232 to finish 37th.

 

MEN'S RESULTS

1   North Texas, U. of       281  285  296    862    

2   Denver, U. of            291  289  292    872    

3   South Alabama, U. of     299  294  292    885    

4   Arkansas-Little Rock     297  301  292    890    

5   Arkansas State U.        293  308  291    892    

6   Western Kentucky U.      301  296  300    897    

7   Louisiana-Lafayette      305  300  297    902    

8   Middle Tennessee      306  305  303    914    

9   New Mexico State U.      307  310  306    923    

10   New Orleans, U. of       306  320  307    933

 

MT MEN'S SCORES

T 28    Josh Nelms               76   78   74    228

T 31    Patrick Williams         78   74   77    229

T 34    Charlie Gibson           77   77   76    230

36    Carter Henderson         77   76   78    231

37    Blake Bivens             76   80   76    232

 

WOMEN'S RESULTS

1   New Mexico State       298  295  298    891    

2   Denver, Univ. of         310  315  301    926    

3   Arkansas-Little Rock     310  321  303    934    

4   North Texas, U. of       314  313  315    942    

5   Arkansas State Univ.     337  311  306    954    

6   Middle Tennessee      335  316  321    972    

7   Western Kentucky U.      336  321  319    976    

8   New Orleans, U. of       319  326  335    980    

9   Fla. International       338  333  322    993    

10   South Alabama, U. of     335  337  333   1005

 

MT WOMEN'S SCORES

21    Kristin Lynch            85   77   77    239

T 22    Tamara Munsch            88   78   75    241

25    Kandace Burnett          81   79   82    242

T 37    Grace Holmes             81   87   87    255

42    Amanda Harter            92   82   88    262

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