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Men's golf set for USF Invitational

Returns to site of 2011 title

March 2, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - For a young, inexperienced golf team, perhaps the best medicine would be a return to the site of one of the most impressive wins in school history. The Blue Raiders return to the USF Invitational in Dade City, FL beginning Sunday with round one.

The USF Invitational is the tournament where the 2011 Blue Raider team blistered the course with a 26 under par 838 and won the prestigious tournament by 19 strokes over nationally ranked Florida State. The 838 team score remains the second lowest in school history for three rounds.

That Blue Raider team featured Hunter Green, Jason Millard, Brett Patterson, Brad Simons and Paul Sansom.

The MT banner is now carried by Payne Denman, Lucas Armstrong, Andrew Cho, Jordan Jennings and Sam Thompson. This quintet recently finished 8th in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

The USF Invitational is hosted by the University of South Florida, and will feature a strong 17 team field that includes Kentucky, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia, NC State, South Carolina, Rice, Wisconsin, as well as host South Florida.

The tournament will be 54 holes, 18 on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and will be played at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. The teams will play on the Golf layout on the South Course, which is a 7,153 yard, Par 72.

"That 2011 team had competed in over 150 tournaments collectively, while our current team has competed in less than 50," pointed out Head Coach Whit Turnbow.
"I need to keep reminding myself of that every time we go out. Trying to stay patient thru the learning process is hard to do. But I think we are making some strides, some guys are starting to figure some things out. So, I would expect them to continue to improve from week to week.

"And we are looking forward to getting down there and playing in some sunshine."

In the break between the USF Invitational and the Mobile Bay Invitational, the team worked on several aspects of their game.

"We have had some good conversations about things we need to work on, and I was pleased with the response," added Turnbow. "The majority of our mistakes have been in course management and in the mental department, but we are working through some of that now and I expect us to show improvement."

Blue Raider fans can follow the team's progress each day on GolfStat.com for live scoring and on GoBlueRaiders.com for a detailed report at the conclusion of play each day.

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