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Raiders finish sixth at USF Invite

Green, Patterson in top 12

March 6, 2012 · Athletic Communications
DADE CITY, Fla. – Middle Tennessee shot a final round 302 Tuesday to finish sixth in the 17-team field at the USF Invitational. The Blue Raiders had a 54-hole total of 878 on the par 72, 7,060-yard Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club course.

UCF, ranked 16th nationally, won the event with an 854 total, while No. 22 Georgia was second with an 860. Kentucky finished third, followed by South Carolina, and North Carolina.

“We put ourselves in position to contend on the final day but we could not get anything going,” said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. “Now we have to put it behind us and get re-focused because we play again Sunday.”

Senior Hunter Green led all Blue Raiders with a 216 cumulative score to tie for 10th. Green enjoyed under par rounds the first two days but settled for a 76 in the final round.

Sophomore Brett Patterson tied for 12th with a 217 and put up the top round of the day for MT with a 72. Patterson finished the tournament with 10 birdies and an eagle.

Senior Brad Simons, who was 2-under par entering the final round, registered a 77 on Tuesday to slip into a tie for 24th.

Paul Sansom, a sophomore, also carded a 77 in the final round and tied for 45th overall. Sansom finished the tournament with a 226 total and had seven birdies and an eagle over his 54 holes.

Freshman Andrew Cho, who was named SBC Golfer of the Month earlier in the day, tied for 66th with a 232.

The Blue Raiders will have a short break as they head to Choudrant, La., for the Argent Financial Classic on Sunday.

TEAM SCORES
1 (16) UCF -10 F -3 284 285 285 854
2 (22) Georgia -4 F -3 291 284 285 860
3 Kentucky +4 F +1 295 284 289 868
4 South Florida +10 F +2 295 289 290 874
5 North Carolina +12 F +8 292 288 296 876
6 (38) Middle Tennessee +14 F +14 289 287 302 878
7 Louisville +17 F +5 304 284 293 881
8 Eastern Michigan +24 F +11 296 293 299 888
9 Troy +25 F +9 296 296 297 889
T10 (18) Florida State +27 F +13 306 284 301 891
T10 Villanova +27 F +10 299 294 298 891
12 Florida Gulf Coast +29 F +8 304 293 296 893
13 Arkansas State +31 F +16 304 287 304 895
14 DePaul +44 F +16 305 299 304 908
15 Florida Atlantic +57 F +22 311 300 310 921
16 Marquette +73 F +32 315 302 320 937
17 Cincinnati +88 F +42 312 310 330 952

MT SCORES
T10 Hunter Green (1) 71 69 76 216
T12 Brett Patterson (2) 73 72 72 217
T24 Brad Simons (4) 69 73 77 219
T45 Paul Sansom (3) 76 73 77 226
T66 Andrew Cho (5) 80 73 79 232

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