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Bulle, Smith tied for fifth at Squire Creek Classic

Blue Raiders fourth overall

October 15, 2007 · MT Media Relations
CHOUDRANT, La. - Middle Tennessee sophomore standouts Craig Smith and Kent Bulle shot 2-under 70 and were tied for fifth, two shots off the overall lead, after the first round at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Classic Monday.

Second-round play was halted when a line of severe thunderstorms hit the area four holes into the round. The plan is to complete the second round and play the third round Tuesday.

Middle Tennessee was in fourth out of the 18-team field with a 3-over 291 after the first round and is within nine shots of Mississippi's 282 lead heading into Tuesday's final two rounds. Jacksonville State (284) and LSU (290) are second and third, respectively.

"Craig and Kent came out and played real well today," Middle Tennessee coach Whit Turnbow said. "They kind of set the tone for us and we have put ourselves in position to do some good things here in the final two rounds."

After starting the season slow by his standards Bulle played his final round at the Brickyard Collegiate more to his liking and carried some of that momentum into Monday's round.

"I started hitting the ball better in the final round of the last tournament and I got off to a pretty good start here," Bulle said. "The main thing is just staying out of trouble and not leaving shots out there. Things are starting to come together but there's always room for improvement."

Smith, the low medalist at the 2007 Sun Belt Championships, has also seen his all-around play improve with each of Middle Tennessee first four fall tournaments and is looking for a strong finish in the final two fall events. Monday's play was a step in that direction.

Rick Cochran is tied for 48th at 3-over 75, followed by teammates Chas Narramore (T58th, 4-over 76) and Nick Bailes (80th, 7-over 79).

La Tech/Squire Creek Classic
Squire Creek Golf Course, Par 72
First Round Team Scores

1 Mississippi 282 -6
2 Jacksonville State 284 -4
3 LSU 290 +2
4 Middle Tennessee 291 +3
5 Louisiana-Lafayette 292 +4
6 Southern Mississippi 293 +5
T7 Sam Houston State 294 +6
T7 UT-Arlington 294 +6
9 Nevada 295 +7
10 Arkansas State 296 +8
11 College of Charleston 297 +9
T12 Nebraska 298 +10
T12 New Orleans 298 +10
T12 Louisiana Tech 298 +10
15 North Texas 304 +16
16 UALR 305 +17
17 Louisiana-Monroe 307 +19
18 Rice 310 +22

4 MT Team Scores
T5 Craig Smith 35-35 70 -2
T5 Kent Bulle 35-35 70 -2
T48 Rick Cochran 38-37 75 +3
T58 Chas Narramore 39-37 76 +4
T80 Nick Bailes 40-39 79 +7

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