Millard cards school record 63 to send Blue Raiders to victory

Senior also shatters course record

February 22, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MOBILE, Ala. - Middle Tennessee senior Jason Millard broke a 34-year old record by shooting a school-best round of 63 to win the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate and propel the Blue Raiders to their first victory of the season. In winning his second career tournament, Millard also broke the Magnolia Grove Crossings course record by three strokes.

"I did not know about the school record until I was told after my round," said Millard. "I knew I was close to the course record but to be honest my mind never thought about records during a single shot. I was focused on trying to make as many birdies as possible to help my team win."

Millard's 63 consisted of 10 birdies and was one shot better than Middle Tennessee's previous record round of 64 set by Emile Vaughn in the 1977 Tennessee Intercollegiate. It also marked Millard's 16th career round in the 60s and bettered his previous best of 65 set in 2008 at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Millard now leads the Sun Belt Conference with a 70.5 average for the year.

For the tournament, Millard had 16 birdies to lead the field and was an impressive 4-under par on the par 4s for a tournament-best 3.87 average.

"Jason has come a long way and deserves all the credit for the round he had today," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "What an effort. That course record will stand for a long, long time."

As a team, the Blue Raiders scorched the Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course that covers 7,212 yards with a 6-under par 282 to finish comfortably ahead of Kentucky, Charlotte, and Vanderbilt.

"It feels great any time you can beat a bunch of SEC teams and the likes of Louisville and Memphis because those are our rivals," said Turnbow. "It says a lot for our team that we were the only team to shoot under par for the week. It is a great way to get the spring started and I am very proud of all these guys."

The Blue Raiders entered the final round with a nine-shot lead but kept attacking all day to pick up their 11th tournament victory under Turnbow.

Freshman Brett Patterson (McMinnville, Tenn.) turned in his best career finish with a three-round total of 1-over par 217 to tie for fourth. Patterson, who had 10 birdies for the tournament, closed with a 73 on Tuesday.

Junior Brad Simons (Mountain Home, Ark.) also collected his best finish with a tie for ninth. Simons shot a 219 total that included an even par 72 in the final round.

Hunter Green (Evensville, Tenn.) and Paul Sansom (Russellville, Ky.) both tied for 44th with a score of 226. Green finished with a 74 and Sansom added a 75.

The Blue Raiders will have a week off before heading to Dade City, Fla., on March 4-6 for the USF Invitational.

1 Middle Tennessee -1 292 289 282 863
2 Kentucky, U. of +10 293 302 279 874
T3 Charlotte +15 293 298 288 879
T3 Akron, U. of +15 301 291 287 879
5 Vanderbilt +17 293 299 289 881
6 Memphis, U. of +18 301 297 284 882
7 Southern Mississippi +20 300 293 291 884
8 South Alabama, U. of +22 303 304 279 886
9 Mississippi St. U. +24 294 301 293 888
10 So. Florida, U. of +26 300 295 295 890
11 Louisville, U. of +27 300 301 290 891
12 Louisiana-Lafayette +29 312 295 286 893
13 Arkansas State U. +34 302 299 297 898
14 Illinois State U. +44 309 307 292 908
15 Troy Univ. +55 311 314 294 919

1 Jason Millard (1) 70 72 63 205
T4 Brett Patterson (3) 74 70 73 217
T9 Brad Simons (4) 74 73 72 219
T44 Hunter Green (2) 78 74 74 226
T44 Paul Sansom (5) 74 77 75 226

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