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Blue Raiders finish 4th, have best 54-hole score since 1998

October 11, 2005 · MT Media Relations
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Middle Tennessee moved up two more spots in the final round to finish fourth at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge. The Blue Raiders shot a 287 on Tuesday to finish with a seven-over par 859.

The team's 859 total went down as the Blue Raiders' best 54-hole score since shooting an 857 to win the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 1998.

"I was extremely proud of the way our guys bounced back from the first round," Head Coach Johnny Moore said. "They showed a lot of heart and fight and I think this is a tournament we can really build on for the future."

Sophomore Nick Bailes followed up a 67 in round two with a 72 on Tuesday to finish tied for ninth with a one-under par 212. Bailes was three-under par over his final 36 holes.

Senior Josh Nelms, who also had a 67 in the second round, came back with an even par 71 in the final 18 holes to tie for 19th. Nelms finished with a 215 total and was four-under par over his final 36 holes.

Newcomer Spencer Provow came in 24th with a 216 after carding a 72 in the final round. True freshman Rick Cochran, who opened with a disappointing 78, came back strong with an even-par finish over his last 36 holes to tie for 40th overall. Cochran had a 220 total.

Bart Barnes completed the Blue Raider scoring with a 227 to tie for 69th.

The Blue Raiders will have off until Oct. 31 when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for the Sam Hall Invitational.

TEAM SCORES
1 St. Louis University 281 281 282 844 -8
2 Missouri, U. of 284 282 284 850 -2
3 Drake University 281 274 298 853 +1
4 Middle Tennessee 296 276 287 859 +7
5 Iowa, U. of 284 290 289 863 +11
6 De Paul University 286 284 295 865 +13
7 Belmont University 293 287 286 866 +14
8 Arkansas State U. 284 286 297 867 +15
9 Mississippi St. U. 287 291 290 868 +16
10 Memphis, U. of 287 292 293 872 +20
11 Louisiana-Lafayette 296 280 298 874 +22
Iowa State Univ. 286 291 297 874 +22
13 North Texas, U. of 296 286 293 875 +23
14 Miami (Ohio) 289 292 298 879 +27

MT SCORES
T9 Nick Bailes M. Tenn St 73 67 72 212 -1
T19 Josh Nelms M. Tenn St 77 67 71 215 +2
24 Spencer Provow M. Tenn St 70 74 72 216 +3
T40 Rick Cochran M. Tenn St 78 70 72 220 +7
T69 Bart Barnes M. Tenn St 76 72 79 227 +14

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