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Bulle, Cochran tied for third at Callis Communications

Blue Raiders sixth overall

September 18, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MOBILE, Ala. - Middle Tennessee golfers Rick Cochran and Kent Bulle continued their strong start to the fall season and are tied for third overall at the 2006 Callis Communications Golf Tournament, hosted by South Alabama.

The strong showings by Cochran and Bulle helped the Blue Raiders hold down sixth place after two rounds of play; however, Middle Tennessee could be in much better position if not for faulty play in the second round. The Blue Raiders enter Tuesday's final round in sixth place with a 574.

Middle Tennessee was third after firing a 281 in the first round but a 293 in the second round left them reeling. The Blue Raiders are seven strokes out of third.

Southeastern Louisiana leads the 12-team field with a 560, followed by host South Alabama (562), Mississippi State (567), Louisiana-Monroe (569), Mercer (572), and Middle Tennessee.

"We just didn't play very smart golf at times in the second round," Middle Tennessee head coach Johnny Moore said. "We played in a strong, driving rain that came in during the afternoon, as did everyone else, and some of players did handle the adversity very well. (Cochran and Bulle) were positives for us today and continue to play well. We will have to regroup and try to make a run at them tomorrow."

Cochran, a sophomore, and Bulle, a freshman, are playing beyond their years at the outset. Cochran, who finished second at the Scenic City Classic last week, shot under par in three of the first five rounds played this fall. He fashioned a 2-under 70 in the first round Monday and followed it with a 3-under 69 in the second round. His 139 is tied for third overall, along with his teammate, Bulle. Cochran leads the tournament with 11 birdies and his 6-under on par-5 scoring is second in the field.

Bulle has been equally impressive. He posted a 68 in Monday's first round and came back with a 71 to total his 139. South Alabama's Johnny Caldwell leads the pack with a 134. Consistency has been Bulle's strong suit in the first two tournaments and his short game was solid Monday as his 2-under on par-3 scoring leads the tournament. His 10 birdies are tied for second most.

Nick Bailes (T41 - 147), Chas Narramore (T49 - 149), Craig Smith (T49 - 149), and Spencer Provow (T61 - 153) round out Middle Tennessee's scoring Monday.

2006 Callis Communications
Mobile, Ala.
Thru second round
Individual Scores

T3 Rick Cochran 70-69=139
T3 Kent Bulle 68-71=139
T41 Nick Bailes 71-76=147
T49 Chas Narramore 72-77=149
T49 Craig Smith 72-77=149
T61 Spencer Provow 75-78=153

Teams Scores
1 Southeastern La. U. 276-284=560
2 South Alabama, U. of 276-286=562
3 Mississippi St. U. 282-285=567
4 Louisiana - Monroe 286-283=569
5 Mercer University 288-284=572
6 Middle Tennessee St. 281-293=574
7 Austin Peay State U. 285-291=576
T8 So. Florida, U. of 286-291=577
T8West Florida, U. of 285-292=577
10 Louisiana Tech Univ. 288-291=579
11 Belmont University 293-294=587
12 Arkansas State U. 296-298=594

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