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Blue Raiders Ink State's Top Prospect

November 29, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head golf coach Johnny Moore announced today the signing of prep star Josh Nelms to a National Letter of Intent. Nelms, regarded as the state's top prospect, inked with the Blue Raiders during the early signing period and will begin competition next fall.

"Josh was our No. 1 target," Moore said. "He is big and strong and should contribute to our program right away."

Nelms, out of Chattanooga, TN, helped lead Baylor High School to four straight State Championships. Last summer, Nelms took medalist honors at two of the state's top tournaments. He won the "Wally" in Nashville and later the Craig Rudolph Memorial in Clarksville.

This past fall for Baylor, Nelms finished second in the region and third in the Division II state. He was also third in the region as a sophomore and junior. A former runner-up in the Tennessee Junior, Nelms also is a three-time runner-up in the City Junior and a winner in the Chattanooga Junior Classic.

"I think Josh's best event was a sixth place finish last summer in the Tennessee Amateur Championship at the Golf Club of Tennessee," Moore stated. "Two of the players who beat him were nationally-ranked men's amateur players, while 20 of the players he did beat were collegiate golfers."

Nelms has been around golf all his life and possesses some pretty good bloodlines. His father is Central High School basketball and golf coach Bill Nelms, and his uncle is former Tennessee Open Champion and Creeks Bend pro, Mike Nelms.

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