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Wilkins, Bishop ink with Lady Raiders

November 12, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's golf coach Rachael Short announced today the signing of Leigh Wilkins and Mallory Bishop to scholarship agreements. Wilkins comes to MT from nearby Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, while Bishop hails from Knoxville, Tenn.

"I am very pleased to bring in two quality players like Leigh (Wilkins) and Mallory (Bishop)," said Short. "Both are highly regarded and come from excellent backgrounds. We are excited about having them represent our university."

Wilkins is a four-year state tournament qualifier and a two-time Daily News Journal Player of the Year. She finished a career-best ninth at the Class AAA state tournament in 2004, was 11th her junior year, 19th as a sophomore and 17th her freshman season. Wilkins, who chose MT over Mississippi State and Lipscomb, was a TSSAA Regional medallist in 2002 and 2004 and was a USGA Girls Junior qualifier in 2003. As a freshman, Wilkins fired a 68 at the Lebanon Country Club that included a hole-in-one.

"This is a special signee because I have known her and her family for a very long time," said Short. "Leigh is a very good Junior golfer, strikes the ball well, and has a solid short game. This will be an easy fit for her because she knows the players and program extremely well. I expect her to make an immediate impact."

Bishop, out of Bearden High School, won the Class AAA state championship in 2004 with a 36-hole total of 147 and was third in 2003. Bishop also placed second at the 2004 Tennessee Girls Junior Amateur Championship, third at the Signal Mountain Junior Invitational, and was fourth at the FCWT - Kiawah Island Junior Golf Classic.

"Mallory has a solid overall game and loves to compete," said Short. "She will bring a lot to our program and I expect her to come in and contribute from day one."

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