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Women's golf finishes third at UALR Women's Classic

Haggard leads Blue Raiders to record-tying performance

March 30, 2010 · Athletic Communications
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Middle Tennessee charged for the lead with a strong back nine, but ultimately finished third and two strokes off the lead at the UALR Women's Golf Classic at Diamante Country Club (5,999 yards).

The Blue Raiders, who led after the first two rounds, overcame a slow start, and shot a 307 to finish the tournament at 895, tying the best three round tournament score in school history.

"They came out tight today," said Head Coach Chris Adams. "The conditions were windy, and our scores took a bit of a hit. I'm proud of the way they played, and it lets our players know that they can win."

Ashley Haggard shot a 76 to finish third at 219, the sixth-best tournament score in school history. The freshman opened up the tournament with a four-under 68, which tied Taryn Durham for the fourth-best single round score in the MT record books.

"Ashley had a great tournament," said Adams. "Any time you can have a freshman in the hunt and breaking par is very encouraging. Her game is really turning around for us."

Sun Belt foe and tournament host UALR won the event. The Trojans shot a tournament-best 288 in the second round, and finished two strokes ahead of the Blue Raiders at 893. Oral Roberts finished second at 894. The field featured three other Sun Belt members in the 18-team field with Arkansas State and Troy finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. ULM finished tied for 16th.

Clara Leathers finished tied for ninth at 223, shooting a three-over 75. The finish is the highest for the senior since 2008. After tying a career-low with a 70 in the first round, Morgan Hale shot a 79 in the third to tie for 19th at 225.

Olivia Love finished tied for 35th at 232 and Karisa Akin tied for 37th at 233.

Middle Tennessee will look to build on their performance this weekend when they head to Oxford, Miss. for the 2010 Rebel Intercollegiate on the campus of Ole Miss. The 19-team field features 16 teams ranked in the top 100.

TEAM SCORES
1. UALR, 893
2. Oral Roberts, 894
3. Middle Tennessee, 895
4. UTEP, 900
T5. Central Arkansas, 905
T5. Western Michigan, 905
7. Arkansas State, 913
8. Troy, 914
9. Wichita State, 915
10. Eastern Michigan, 923
11. Missouri State, 930
12. Sam Houston State, 935
13. UMKC, 939
14. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 946
15. Northern Iowa, 951
T16. McNeese State, 961
T16. ULM, 961
18. Texas-Pan American, 968

MT SCORES
3. Ashley Haggard, 219
T9. Clara Leathers, 223
T19. Morgan Hale, 225
T35. Olivia Love, 232
T37. Karisa Akin, 233

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