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Durham leads Blue Raiders to Top 5 finish at Louisville

Senior finishes second individually

September 18, 2007 · MT Media Relations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Middle Tennessee senior Taryn Durham, playing in her first competitive match since the Women's U.S. Open, fired a 2-under 214 to finish second in the first match of the fall season at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup here Monday and Tuesday.

Durham opened with a 2-under 70 in the first round and followed that with consecutive rounds of par to finish one shot behind Notre Dame's So-Hyun Park at the Cardinal Club Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.

Middle Tennessee turned in a top 5 finish as a team, holding down the fifth spot with a 310 in Tuesday's final round. Notre Dame won the tournament with a 14-over 879, followed by host Louisville (881), Augusta State (890), Georgia State (896) and Middle Tennessee (912).

"I'm pleased with the team overall and the fact that we held that fifth spot because that's where we were going into the final round," Middle Tennessee coach Rachael Short said. "We would have liked to move up in the standings but at least we didn't lose any spots. We have more work to do but this was a good showing against a good field in the first tournament of the season."

Junior Mallory Bishop held strong in the final round and was second for Middle Tennessee and tied for 32nd overall with a 13-over 229. Clara Leathers tied for 49th at 18-over 234, followed by Leigh Wilkins (237) and Jamey Dillard (240).

Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup
Cardinal Club Golf Course, Par-72
Final Team Scores

1 Notre Dame 292-290-296 879 +14
2 Louisville 295-295-291 881 +17
3 Augusta State 289-303-298 890 +26
4 Georgia State 303-291-302 896 +32
5 Middle Tennessee 302-300-310 912 +48
T6 South Florida 307-307-299 913 +49
T6 East Tennessee 309-296-308 913 +49
T8 Maryland 311-306-299 916 +52
T8 Illinois State 305-308-303 916 +52
10 Cincinnati 308-304-305 917 +53
11 Memphis 311-306-306 923 +59
12 Coastal Carolina 317-304-305 926 +62
13 Missouri State 310-308-311 929 +65
14 Southern Mississippi 319-304-310 933 +69
15 Eastern Kentucky 312-316-308 936 +72
16 Xavier 324-314-310 948 +84
17 Western Carolina 323-323-310 956 +92

MT Scores
2 Taryn Durham 70-72-72 214 -2
T32 Mallory Bishop 78-75-76 229 +13
T49 Clara Leathers 76-77-81 234 +18
T61 Leigh Wilkins 80-76-81 237 +21
T73 Jamey Dillard 78-80-82 240 +24

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