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Men's golf has strong showing in first Fall tournament

Finish in front of Top 25 teams Texas, South Carolina and North Florida

September 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

ROCKY FACE, GA - Middle Tennessee shot a 1-over par 289 in the final round of the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate to finish eighth overall. The Blue Raiders, who moved two spots from 10th, had a 54-hole total of 884 on the par 72, 7,012-yard Farm Club course.

The Blue Raiders finished ahead of Preseason Top 25 teams Texas, South Carolina, and North Florida. Texas was the third ranked team in the country.

"It's a great way to start the year," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We made some significant strides mentally this week and I am very proud of all five guys because everyone contributed. But this is just a small step in our journey so we have to keep it in perspective and make sure each day we work to improve."

Junior Payne Denman finished 19th overall to lead the Blue Raiders with a 1-over par 217. Denman registered a 73 in the final round.

Junior Andrew Cho, who enjoyed one of his most consistent tournaments as a Blue Raider, tied for 33rd with a 222 total. Cho, 2-under for the week on par 3s, also had a 73 on Sunday.

Junior Brett Patterson tied for 37th with a 223, while senior Jordan Jennings tied for 48th with a 226. Jennings had the team's best final round with a 1-under par 71.

Sophomore Drake Duncan carded his best round as a collegian with an even par 72 on Sunday. Duncan had a 227 total to tie for 53rd.

The Blue Raiders will compete next at the Rees Jones Invitational at Daufuskie Island, SC on Sept. 22-24.

<b>TEAM SCORES</b>
1 Georgia Tech 280 289 281 850 -14
2 Georgia 291 282 283 856 -8
3 LSU 297 287 280 864 E
4 Clemson 294 285 286 865 +1
5 North Carolina 290 288 296 874 +10
6 Auburn 299 287 289 875 +11
7 Wake Forest 301 295 284 880 +16
8 Middle Tennessee 298 297 289 884 +20
9 Texas 298 286 303 887 +23
10 South Carolina 302 289 297 888 +24
T11 North Florida 295 298 300 893 +29
T11 Tennessee 306 296 291 893 +29
13 Kennesaw State 297 299 301 897 +33
14 Chattanooga 306 296 297 899 +35

<b>MT SCORES</b>
19 Payne Denman (2) 71 73 73 217
T33 Andrew Cho (4) 77 72 73 222
T37 Brett Patterson (1) 73 74 76 223
T48 Jordan Jennings (3) 77 78 71 226
T53 Drake Duncan (5) 77 78 72 227

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