Blue Raiders finish eighth at Jim West Challenge
Knight records 12th-place finishFebruary 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics
BLANCO, Texas - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team recorded its second-straight eighth-place finish of the spring at the Jim West Challenge.
"We finished eighth a couple of weeks ago in Miami, but that tournament had a lot stronger overall field than this one," head coach Chris Adams said. "So we did not play as well at Texas as we did in Miami. We didn't get any better in any of the rounds, and you can't do that. You can't count an 86 and a 92 and expect to get a high finish."
The Blue Raiders started the day strong as Allie Knight, Ashley Haggard and Emily Miller played well the first nine holes, vaulting MT as high as fourth midway through the final round at the Vaaler Creek Golf Club before falling to eighth out of 12 teams.
Overall, sophomore Allie Knight paced the Blue Raiders with a 54-hole total of 235. An early charge by Knight got her as high as fourth overall before settling on a team-best 79 in the final round and a final tournament high standing of 12th.
Trailing Knight in the final standings were junior Olivia Love with an (81/237) for the three rounds, freshman Avery George (89/248), senior Ashley Haggard (86/259) and freshman Emily Miller (84/261). Love tied for 15th, George tied for 32nd, Haggard tied for 57th and Miller finished 59th.
"We need to figure out what is going on, because we are just not getting better," said Adams. "We have a month until our next tournament, and we are going to have a little bit of a gut-check before then to see where we are. We could have a few different faces in our lineup."
The Blue Raiders will take to the links again March 25-26 at the UALR Classic in Hot Springs, Ark., at the Diamante Country Club.
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