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Raiders tied for 8th after solid first round

Denman, Patterson lead the way

September 6, 2013 · @MTAthletics

ROCKY FACE , GA - Middle Tennessee opened its 2013 fall season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate where seven teams ranked in the Top 25 are competing. The Blue Raiders carded a 298 on the par 72, 7,012-yard Farm Club course at The Farm to stand in a tie for eighth.

Host Georgia Tech grabbed the first round lead with a 280 (8-under) which was 10 shots better than conference foe North Carolina, 290. Georgia is third (291) and Clemson fourth (294) followed by North Florida (295) to round out the top five.

"After looking at the scores it's easy to see that the golf course won today," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We played solid but have to keep that momentum headed in the right direction because we have a lot of golf left against a challenging field."

Payne Denman shot a 1-under par 71 to lead the Blue Raiders in the first round. Denman, who is tied for fifth, had three birdies on the day, including back-to-back threes on the third and fourth holes.

Brett Patterson, playing his first collegiate match since last fall, fired a 73. Patterson, tied for 17th, played a solid round and had two birdies with his lone miscue a double on the par 3 fifth hole.

Andrew Cho, Jordan Jennings, and Drake Duncan all shot 77 to complete Middle Tennessee's scoring. Duncan had three birdies on his round while Cho and Jennings had one each. All three are tied for 49th.

The Blue Raiders will play round two beginning Saturday morning.

<b>TEAM SCORES</b>
1 Georgia Tech -8 F -8 280 280
2 North Carolina +2 F +2 290 290
3 Georgia +3 F +3 291 291
4 Clemson +6 F +6 294 294
5 North Florida +7 F +7 295 295
T6 LSU +9 F +9 297 297
T6 Kennesaw State +9 F +9 297 297
T8 Middle Tennessee +10 F +10 298 298
T8 Texas +10 F +10 298 298
10 Auburn +11 F +11 299 299
11 Wake Forest +13 F +13 301 301
12 South Carolina +14 F +14 302 302
T13 Tennessee +18 F +18 306 306
T13 Chattanooga +18 F +18 306 306

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