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Blue Raiders ready for Rees Jones Invitational

Team coming off very competitive qualifying

September 20, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Coming off a solid showing at the Carpet Capital Collegiate to open the fall season, the Middle Tennessee's men's golf team will step back into action on Sunday at the Rees Jones Invitational. The 54-hole event will be held at Haig Point Club on the Rees Jones Signature Course in Daufuskie Island, S.C. with 18 holes being played each day.

South Carolina will serve as host for the tournament that began in 2008. The tournament field consists of the Gamecocks, Charleston Southern, Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, defending champion Liberty, Middle Tennessee, South Florida, Troy, UNC Wilmington, and Winthrop. 

Head Coach Whit Turnbow will take juniors Brett Patterson, Payne Denman and Andrew Cho, along with seniors Jordan Jennings and Lucas Armstrong. Armstrong won a playoff on Tuesday in the dark to grab the final spot.

"We have had some good practices the past 10 days, so now we have to build on the momentum from the first tournament and take it to South Carolina," said Turnbow. "This is an experienced group and I expect them to play well against a very challenging field."

Denman led the Blue Raiders at the Carpet Capital with a one-over par 217 while Andrew Cho carded a 222 to finish 33rd. Patterson, who is back in the lineup after missing all of last spring with an elbow injury, was 37th with a 223 total.

Jennings was 48th with a 226 but fired a one-under par 71 in the final round.

The Blue Raiders will play a practice round on Saturday before beginning first round action on Sunday. Live scoring for the three-day tournament will be available at golfstatresults.com.

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