MT golfers hope to make U.S. Open

Bulle, Millard, Narramore ready to make history

June 2, 2010 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A trio of current and former Middle Tennessee golfers, all members of the Blue Raiders' 2008 NCAA finalist team, will be seeking access to the next level as they go thru the second round of qualifying for the U.S. Open in July.

Kent Bulle and Jason Millard, who played this year in the NCAA first round in Bremerton, Washington, will join former Blue Raider and current assistant coach Chas Narramore in Memphis for the Sectional qualifying on Monday, June 7th. It will be held on two courses, the first round at the Germantown Country Club, and the second round at the Ridgeway Country Club. They all finished among the top five qualifiers in the local events in May.

The trio will be among about 120 players at the sectional qualifier and anywhere from 15 to 20 golfers will make the Open field. The exact number will not be known until tee time on Monday.

Blue Raider head coach Whit Turnbow, who recruited all three golfers, feel his former players have a good shot.

"For these guys, they have one of the bigger days of their lives ahead of them," said Turnbow. "They are 36 holes from qualifying for the U.S. Open, something that few people get the opportunity to do, and even fewer make it. Those three guys are phenomenal players, and they have some good company with them.

"I would expect them to play well, and it wouldn't surprise me a bit if one or two of them qualified for the Open."

The initial pairings for the sectionals will have Bulle in a threesome with Todd Hamilton, the 2004 British Open Champion, while Millard's trio includes Paul Goydos, who has two wins on the PGA tour. Narramore will tee off in a group that includes Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA champion.

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