Men's golf face big challenge at David Toms

Team looks to continue solid play

October 4, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - At the halfway point of the abbreviated fall schedule, the Middle Tennessee golf team has put a smile on the face of Head Coach Whit Turnbow.

With another strong showing at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday, Turnbow's smile just might turn into a grin.

But it won't be easy.

The University course at LSU is, in Turnbow's words, "a monster". "It is 7,700 yards long. They held an NCAA regional there last spring, and the scores were really high."

The tournament is formatted for 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday, with Friday as a practice round.

The thing that has pleased Turnbow the most so far this fall is the way his team has played in the final round.

"We played really well at The Farm and finished eighth, which was our best-ever finish there, and we picked up some big wins in the process, over Texas and Tennessee. And last week at South Carolina, we finished sixth. In both tournaments, we had really good final rounds.

"The main thing I like about this team is that they have shown a tendency to get it done when it counts, and that is a really good thing."

"We are just looking forward to getting down to LSU and continuing our momentum. I am excited about the potential of this team. We just have to keep trying to put another knot in that rope and keep pulling ourselves up a little further."

Juniors Brett Patterson and Payne Denman have paced the team in the first two fall tournaments. Denman leads the team with a stroke average of 73.0 for the six rounds played so far, while Patterson is right behind at 74.0. Sophomore Drake Duncan is third at 75.7, but did not play in the tournament at South Carolina.

Junior Andrew Cho has struggled in the first round of both tournaments so far, but rebounded to help the team in the final two rounds at The Farm with scores of 72 and 73.

Seniors Jordan Jennings and Lucas Armstrong have not yet played with the consistency that Turnbow is looking for this fall. Jennings had a final round of 71 at The Farm, but shot an 84 in the final round at South Carolina. Armstrong's three rounds at South Carolina were 74-81-76.

Turnbow has named his five players for the LSU tournament. Patterson, who is fully recovered from elbow surgery, will play number one. Denman will play two, Cho three, Armstrong four and Duncan five.

The David Toms is not an event that the Blue Raiders play every year.

"We play it whenever we can," said Turnbow. "It is a good event with a really good field. LSU is the host, and the other teams competing are Houston, Tulsa, North Carolina, South Alabama, Kennesaw State, ULL, Lamar, Iowa State, SE Louisiana, Rice, and Louisiana Tech. It is a mixture of good teams from a variety of conferences. It is going to be a great test."

The progress of the Blue Raiders can be followed on Golfstat.com.

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