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Golfers Qualify for First Tourney

September 4, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee's Jonathan Burns posted the best scoring average during the men's golf qualifying for next week's opening tournament, the Raising Cane Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Burns, a sophomore from Savannah, Tenn., compiled a 71.25 scoring average over four rounds to best senior Charlie Gibson by half a stroke. The Hardin County High School product fired rounds of 70, 71 and 73 at Indian Hills Golf Club and a round of 71 at Stones River Country Club.

Gibson had the second-best average of players making the trip to Hattiesburg at 71.75, including rounds of 68, 70 and 71. Newcomer Chris Webb fired rounds of 68, 71 and 73 to post a scoring average of 72.0, while Blake Bivens and another newcomer, Mac Lee, each had rounds of 68 during qualifying.

The five will make up the Blue Raider contingent at the Raising Cane Classic, set for September 8-9, while teammate Josh Nelms will take part in the event as an individual. Redshirt junior Kenny Green had the second-lowest scoring average during qualifying with rounds of 69, 70, 72 and 75, but Green will be participating in the National Amputee Golf Championships at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., next week.

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