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Blue Raiders struggle at Squire Creek Classic

Millard, Cochran steady

October 13, 2008 · Athletic Communications

RUSTON, La. - Middle Tennessee struggled in its opening round of the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Classic, then bounced back with a solid second round to finish in 11th place after 36 holes of the 54-hole event. The 16-team field will play the final round on Tuesday.

LSU, ranked 18th nationally, and conference foe New Orleans own the 36-hole lead with a 9-under par 567 while Louisville is in third with a 572. Louisiana-Lafayette and Nevada are tied with a 574 to round out the top five.

After a two-week layoff, Middle Tennessee opened play on the par 72 Squire Creek Golf Course with a disappointing 295 but got more consistent play in the afternoon to turn in a 287.

"We have been starting off slow this fall in all our tournaments and we did it again on Monday," added Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We have to do a better job of not digging ourselves a big hole early and that comes with being more consistent. I am confident these guys will turn it around."

Jason Millard continued his solid fall with a 1-under par 143 to stand in a tie for 18th overall. Millard carded an opening round 70 which went down as the Blue Raiders' top round of the day.

Rick Cochran is tied for 24th after firing back-to-back rounds of 72, while Chas Narramore battled back from a tough opening round to close with a 71 and a tie for 38th.

Kent Bulle is tied for 59th with a 150, while Craig Smith is tied for 67th with a 151. Both Bulle and Smith struggled in the first round but came back in the second round to post a 73 and 71, respectively.

TEAM RESULTS
1 LSU 286 281 567 -9
New Orleans, U. of 292 275 567 -9
3 Louisville, U. of 284 288 572 -4
4 Louisiana-Lafayette 290 284 574 -2
Nevada, Univ. of 295 279 574 -2
6 Mississippi, U. of 291 284 575 -1
Southern Mississippi 297 278 575 -1
8 Southeastern La. U. 292 285 577 +1
9 UALR 299 279 578 +2
10 Arkansas State U. 293 288 581 +5
11 Middle Tennessee 295 287 582 +6
12 Louisiana Tech Univ. 294 291 585 +9
13 Nebraska, U. of 287 300 587 +11
14 UT-Arlington 296 293 589 +13
15 South Alabama, U. of 305 293 598 +22
16 ULM 304 300 604 +28

MIDDLE TENNESSEE RESULTS
T 18 Jason Millard 70 73 143
T 24 Rick Cochran 72 72 144
T 38 Chas Narramore 76 71 147
T 59 Kent Bulle 77 73 150
T 67 Craig Smith 80 71 151

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