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Women's golf eyes more consistency

Team opens play Monday in Indianapolis

October 11, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Consistency will be the top priority when the Middle Tennessee women's golf team takes to the links on Monday and Tuesday in the Duramed Mid-American Conference Preview at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.

Coach Chris Adams feels that her team needs "to have a better tournament" this week. The Blue Raiders finished a disappointing 14th in the 18 team field at the Johnie Imes Invitational last week. "We need to play better than we did last week," said Adams. "It was a longer, tougher course than we had played the week before, and it was windy, but we need to be tougher when conditions are not ideal."

For the second tournament in a row, freshman Olivia Love led the Blue Raiders, followed by freshman Ashley Haggard, and they, along with sophomore Steph Gough, will be expected to do the same this week.

Adams will also take Stephanie Smith, Morgan Hale and Clara Leathers. In a new twist for the fall tournament schedule, each team will take six golfers, five who will compete for the team title, and a sixth that will play as an individual Adams has designated Stephanie Smith as the sixth player.

The Mid-American Conference will dominate the field with half of the 16 teams. Most others will come from the midwest, while Middle Tennessee will be the lone southern team in the tournament.

The tournament format is 36 holes on Monday, and 18 on Tuesday. Results will be posted live on golfstats.com each day.

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