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Blue Raiders finish 2nd at SBC Championships

Green, Bulle, Millard earn All-SBC honors

April 28, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - The Middle Tennessee men's golf team turned in a second place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championships at The Shoals on Wednesday. The No. 39 ranked Blue Raiders finished the 12-team tournament at 878, six shots behind first place South Alabama.

The Jaguars earned the Sun Belt's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals but the Blue Raiders feel good about their chances of earning an at-large bid. Middle Tennessee has been to the NCAA's each of the last two years.

"We got beat by a team that played a tremendous round of golf today," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "You have to take your hat off to South Alabama, they shot four rounds under par today and that is what it takes to win. We battled to the end but some of my guys were not tough enough. That's got to change before the NCAA tournament rolls around."

Sophomore Hunter Green, playing in his first Sun Belt Tournament, tied for third overall with a 54-hole score of 216. Green, who earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors, was +1 on his final round that included four birdies.

Senior Craig Smith, who was low-medalist at the 2007 SBC Championship, tied for 12th with a 219 (+3). Smith registered four birdies on his final round and went 3-under par on the par 5s.

Senior Kent Bulle had the best round of the day for the Blue Raiders with a 1-under par 71. Bulle tied for 16th out of 60 golfers with a cumulative score of 222 and went on to earn All-Sun Belt honors for the first time in his career.

Jason Millard joined Bulle in 16th with a 222 as the junior carded a 75 on Wednesday. Millard also garnered All-Sun Belt Conference honors for the second straight year.

Brad Simons, also playing in his first SBC Championship, tied for 39th with a 229. Simons matched his first round score of 74 in the final round.

The NCAA National Committee will announce the NCAA Regional field on May 10 at 5 PM CT. NCAA Regional play will begin on May 20.

"We have a great body of work so I fully expect our name to be called," added Turnbow.

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TEAM SCORES
1 South Alabama, U. of +8 F -6 296 294 282 872
2 Middle Tennessee +14 F +4 286 300 292 878
3 New Orleans, U. of +15 F +2 296 293 290 879
4 Louisiana-LaFayette +16 F -8 297 303 280 880
5 North Texas, U. of +21 F -1 291 307 287 885
6 Arkansas State U. +27 F +2 303 298 290 891
T7 Arkansas-Little Rock +33 F -1 308 302 287 897
T7 Western Kentucky U. +33 F +5 298 306 293 897
9 Louisiana-Monroe +35 F +13 302 296 301 899
10 Troy Univ. +42 F +2 312 304 290 906
11 Florida Atlantic U. +44 F +12 305 303 300 908
12 Denver, U. of +52 F +11 308 309 299 916

MT SCORES
T3 Hunter Green (4) 73 70 73 216
T12 Craig Smith (2) 70 75 74 219
T16 Kent Bulle (1) 70 81 71 222
T16 Jason Millard (3) 73 74 75 222
T39 Brad Simons (5) 74 81 74 229

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