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Blue Raiders finish 13th; Bivens shoots 69 in final round

September 21, 2004 · MT Media Relations
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Middle Tennessee shot a disappointing 302 in the final round of the Raising Cane Classic to finish 13th in the men's golf event at the Canebrake Golf Club. The Blue Raiders had a 54-hole total of 890.

Mississippi won the event with an 841 followed by Sam Houston State and Tulane in second with an 857, while South Florida was fourth with an 859 and Louisiana-Lafayette rounded out the top five with an 865.

"This was a very disappointing tournament," Head Coach Johnny Moore said. "Mentally we were not tough enough."

Blake Bivens (Etowah, Tenn.) led the way for the Blue Raiders with a 216 to finish in a tie for 17th. Bivens, the only Blue Raider in the top 20, fired a 69 on Tuesday to tie for the third best round of the day.

Nick Bailes (Cleveland, Tenn.) had a 221 to tie for 41st, while Josh Nelms (Chattanooga, Tenn.) came home in a tie for 62nd after posting a 225.

Chris Webb (Jackson, Tenn.) tied for 74th with a 228, while Brandon Burris (White House, Tenn.) tied for 84th. Burris had a 242, including a 79 in the final round.

The Blue Raiders will compete in the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate on Sept. 27-28 in Nashville. The tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt, will be played at the Legends Club of Tennessee.

TEAM SCORES
1 Mississippi, U. of 279 278 284 841
2 Sam Houston St. U. 284 286 287 857
Tulane University 283 287 287 857
4 So. Florida, U. of 289 281 289 859
5 Louisiana-Lafayette 284 286 295 865
6 Mississippi St. U. 288 287 296 871
7 Jacksonville St. 291 286 296 873
8 Southern Mississippi 292 294 288 874
9 Louisiana Tech Univ. 290 289 297 876
New Orleans, U. of 294 286 296 876
11 Mc Neese State Univ. 297 285 295 877
12 Austin Peay State U. 298 279 302 879
13 Middle Tennessee 296 292 302 890
14 Arkansas State U. 292 303 297 892
15 South Alabama, U. of 305 296 305 906

MT SCORES
T 17 Blake Bivens 73 74 69 216
T 41 Nick Bailes 72 73 76 221
T 62 Josh Nelms 72 74 79 225
T 74 Chris Webb 79 71 78 228
T 84 Brandon Burris 88 75 79 242

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