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Raiders finish strong in opening round

Team 13th, Green leads way with 74

May 17, 2012 · Athletic Communications
NORMAN, Okla. – Middle Tennessee shot a 304 total in the opening round of the NCAA Regional on Thursday at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (par 72, 7,387 yards). The No. 48 Blue Raiders are in 13th place.

No. 23 Florida State and No. 1 Texas are tied at the top of the leaderboard after posting 9-under par scores of 279. No. 35 Illinois is in third, followed by No. 36 St. Mary’s and No. 13 Washington.

“We did not have our best day but I like the way we kept fighting,” said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. “We finished the last four holes at 2-under par so hopefully we can take that momentum with us into tomorrow. We have a lot of golf left so we need a strong round on Friday.”

Senior Hunter Green led the Blue Raiders with a 74 and is tied for 35th. Green had four birdies on the day, including two over his final three holes.

Senior Brad Simons carded a 75 and is tied for 48th. Simons also had four birdies on his round with three coming over his final five holes.

Sophomore Brett Patterson turned in a 76 and is tied for 55th. Jordan Jennings and Andrew Cho, both playing in their first NCAA Regional, are tied for 68th after each turned in a 79. Jennings turned in an eagle on the eighth hole.

The Blue Raiders will begin the second round Friday morning before concluding the 54-hole event on Saturday.

TEAM SCORES
T1 Florida State -9 F -9 279 279
T1 Texas -9 F -9 279 279
3 Illinois -4 F -4 284 284
T4 St. Mary's (CA) -2 F -2 286 286
T4 Washington -2 F -2 286 286
6 Oklahoma -1 F -1 287 287
7 Arizona +1 F +1 289 289
8 Georgia Tech +2 F +2 290 290
9 Sacramento State +4 F +4 292 292
10 South Carolina +6 F +6 294 294
11 IUPUI +9 297 +9 - 297
12 San Diego +15 F +15 303 303
13 Middle Tennessee +16 F +16 304 304
14 Loyola U.- Chicago +19 307 +19 - 307

MT SCORES
T35 Hunter Green (1) 74
T48 Brad Simons (3) 75
T55 Brett Patterson (2) 76
T68 Jordan Jennings (4) 79
T68 Andrew Cho (5) 79

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