Blue Raiders finish third at Cincinnati Spring Invitational
Wilkins finishes tied for fifth overallMarch 24, 2007 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raiders owned a slim one-stroke lead over Princeton entering the final round, but Florida Atlantic (620) passed both teams to win the tournament, and Princeton (622) was second. Middle Tennessee (626) settled for a third-place finish and was six shots off the lead. It is the fifth top 5 finish for the Blue Raiders this year.
"Shooting a 317 in the final round was disappointing," Middle Tennessee head coach Rachael Short said. "We struggled at times and left some shots out there and that was the difference in a six-shot finish, but we had some really good moments, too, and we need to carry that into this tournament Monday."
Leigh Wilkins followed her impressive first-round performance at the par-72 Plantation Inn Golf Course with a 79 in the second round and led Middle Tennessee with a 154, which was tied for fifth overall.
Clara Leathers bounced back after shooting an 80 in the opening round and improved by three shots to total a two-day 157 and tie for ninth overall. Taryn Durham shot an 82 Saturday and tied for 14th with a 158, along with teammate Maggie McGill. Mallory Bishop finished with a 163.
The Blue Raiders will play in the UALR/North Texas Classic at the Diamante Club in Hot Springs, Ark., Monday and Tuesday.
Cincinnati Spring Invitational
Crystal River, Fla. - Plantation Inn GC
Final Team Results
1 Florida Atlantic 311 309 620
2 Princeton 310 312 622
3 Middle Tennessee 309 317 626
4 Cincinnati 313 315 628
5 Illinois 320 312 632
6 Yale 326 324 650
UAB 326 324 650
8 Sienna 333 340 673
9 Rutgers 337 341 678
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