Golfers seek improvement at Mason Rudolph Championship

Qualifying match shuffles Blue Raider lineup

September 23, 2011 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After finishing tied for 11th place in the mega-tough Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament two weeks ago, Middle Tennessee’s young golf team will seek improvement in the Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend at the Vanderbilt Legends Club course in Franklin.

The tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt, will also include such teams as Davidson, Georgia Southern, Memphis, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina and College of Charleston, in addition to coach Whit Turnbow’s Blue Raiders. In all, 14 teams will challenge the 7,100 yard, par 71 South Course at Legends.

Middle Tennessee won this prestigious tournament in 2009, beating South Carolina in a playoff. The Blue Raiders finished fifth in a 17-team field last fall.

Turnbow made it clear to his team before the fall season that qualifying matches would be held the week of each fall tournament, and that the top five players would compete in the tournament that weekend. Turnbow is doing this to help all players maintain a competitive edge and to keep the pressure on everybody for the last couple of spots on the team for each tournament.

“We have enough depth that we can do this and make it very competitive,” said Turnbow. “Having to earn your way onto the team keeps everybody focused and sharp.”

As the result of the qualifier this week, two new faces will be in the quintet of golfers that Turnbow will take to Franklin. They are sophomore Paul Sansom and freshman Andrew Cho, replacing Jordon Jennings and Douglas Harris. Exempted from having to play in the qualifier because of their finish at “The Farm Club” in Dalton two weeks ago are senior Hunter Green and sophomores Brett Patterson and Lucas Armstrong, a transfer from East Tennessee State.

Green shot a 2-under-par 216 in the fall opener two weeks ago, good for 11th place overall. Also pleasing to Turnbow was the fact the Blue Raiders shot their best round of the tournament on the final day as both Green and Patterson carded 71’s Patterson tied for 27th overall.

The tournament format at the Mason Rudolph Championship is 18 holes per day for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Results will be available on golfstat.com all three days.

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