Millard begins NCAA play Tuesday

Senior ranked 50th in World Amateur rankings

May 29, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Jason Millard will tee it up for the last time as a collegiate golfer when the NCAA National Championship gets underway Tuesday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Millard is one of six individuals who qualified for the event which will take place at Karsten Creek, home course of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Millard, who is making his second National Championship appearance, flew to Stillwater on Sunday with Head Coach Whit Turnbow and assistant Kent Bulle and will have a practice round on Monday. He competed in the 2008 NCAA Championship with the Blue Raiders and finished 18th overall as a true freshman.

Millard, seeded number one among the individuals, will tee off for the first round on Tuesday at 2:20 PM Central.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity," said Millard. "The top collegiate golfers in the country will be competing and I am excited to be representing Middle Tennessee."

The Murfreesboro native has enjoyed a stellar senior season with one win, eight top five finishes, and a stroke average of 70.6 which ranks among the best in the nation. Millard also set the school record earlier this season with a 63 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

Recently, Millard moved into the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings at No. 50 and is the 33rd American. Last week, he qualified for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Brandon, Oregon that will be played June 27-July 2.

"Jason is a special player and has played great all year," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "I don't expect anything different this week. It will be a great way to close out a brilliant career."

With a top 15 finish this week, Millard will earn his second All-American honor to go along with three all-conference awards and a trip to the World University Games in August. Millard will enter play this week having recorded at least one round in the 60s for 12 straight tournaments.

To track Millard's play this week log onto golfstat.com for hole-by-hole scoring.

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