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Men's golf continues to have rewarding summer

Team honored academically; Two qualify for U.S. Amateur

August 1, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - For the first time since 2007, Middle Tennessee has two current men's golfers in the U.S. Amateur. Junior Brett Patterson and sophomore Payne Denman both recently qualified for the prestigious event set for August 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

The USGA accepted 7,002 entries this year and 312 will be in the field. The field will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18.

Patterson, who sat out last spring with an injury, shot 67-73 at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, NY to earn one of the three spots. This will mark Patterson's seventh USGA event with the 2011 U.S. Open, three U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Publinks.

Denman carded a 72-70 at the Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tenn., to take one of three spots. Denman was the top overall finisher.

Also, the Blue Raiders learned Wednesday they have been chosen as a GCAA All-Academic Team for having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

"I am very proud of our academics and the work each student-athlete puts in," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We take pride in being a complete program, excelling in the classroom and on the course.

"It's a great accomplishment for Brett and Payne to make the U.S. Amateur, which is an elite championship. To play at a course that has hosted three U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs is special."

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