Love, Hale lead women's golf at Duramed MAC Preview

Raiders shoot second-best round of day

October 13, 2009 · Athletic Communications

FISHERS, Ind. - Middle Tennessee shot the second-best round of the day and the fourth-best of the tournament to tie for sixth at the Duramed MAC Preview on Tuesday. The Blue Raiders carded a 308 on the par 72 Hawthorns Golf and Country Club to finish with a 54-hole score of 950.

Ball State won the event with a 933 while Eastern Michigan came in second with a 935 and Akron placed third with a 938. Bradley and Indiana State rounded out the top five.

"We wanted to come back strong on Tuesday to make a good showing," said Head Coach Chris Adams. "We have some things to improve on like avoiding big numbers but I like the progress we made today.

"Olivia (Love) had to play through a very sore knee and Ashley (Haggard) really hung in there today. Overall, it was a good team effort but we just have to get off to better starts."

Freshman Olivia Love continued her strong play this fall with a 75 in Tuesday's final round for a 230 total and a sixth place finish. Love had nine straight pars before finishing with a bogey on the 18th hole.

Junior Morgan Hale also enjoyed a solid tournament despite a difficult second round. Hale opened with a 75, then registered an 83 before storming back for a 75 on the final 18. Hale tied for 11th overall with a 233 total.

Freshman Ashley Haggard tied for 37th after firing a 77 on Tuesday for a 242 cumulative score.

Sophomore Steph Gough tied for 53rd, while senior Clara Leathers tied for 62nd. Freshman Stephanie Smith played as an individual and tied for 70th.

"We have 10 days to get ready for a very strong field in San Antonio," added Adams. "We will be searching for consistency."

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