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Raiders fourth in strong field after 36 holes

Denman tied for 1st; Jennings tied for 10th

February 17, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MOBILE - Middle Tennessee carded a 580 for 36 holes on day one of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate to stand in fourth place among a field that includes 10 teams ranked in the top 100. The Blue Raiders had rounds of 290-290 at the Magnolia Grove Crossing Course (7,212, par of 72).

Auburn, ranked 27th, owns the overall lead at 572 while Georgia State and Kentucky are tied for second with a 577 total. The Blue Raiders come in at No.4 and No. 41 Memphis and Chattanooga are tied for fifth.

"We had a very solid day and I am proud of the way our guys battled," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We are in a good position and the final round should be a lot of fun."

Payne Denman led the Blue Raider charge on Monday with rounds of 68-72 which is tied for first overall with Auburn's Niclas Carlsson. Denman had nine birdies on the day and was 4-under on the par 5s.

Jordan Jennings is tied for 10th overall following solid rounds of 75-69. The senior had six birdies and an eagle on the day. His eagle came on the 422-yard first hole when he found the cup from 110-yards out on his approach shot.

Andrew Cho is tied for 21st following rounds of 72-75 after recording six birdies over his 36 holes.

Brett Patterson and Lucas Armstrong are both tied for 43rd after turning in a pair of 150s.

The Blue Raiders will begin the final round at 8:45 AM Tuesday.

TEAM SCORES
1 (27) Auburn -4 F -6 290 282 572
T2 Georgia State +1 F +2 287 290 577
T2 (36) Kentucky +1 F -4 293 284 577
4 Middle Tennessee +4 F +2 290 290 580
T5 (41) Memphis +6 F +4 290 292 582
T5 Chattanooga +6 F E 294 288 582
7 Mississippi +9 F +6 291 294 585
8 (28) Wake Forest +12 F +3 297 291 588
9 South Alabama +18 F +8 298 296 594
10 Davidson College +20 F +9 299 297 596
11 Texas State+21 F +3 306 291 597
12 Southern Mississippi +22 F +10 300 298 598
13 Illinois State +23 F +8 303 296 599
14 Akron +33 F +16 305 304 609
15 Samford +38 F +25 301 313 614

MT SCORES
T1 Payne Denman (2) 68 72 140
T10 Jordan Jennings (5) 75 69 144
T21 Andrew Cho (3) 72 75 147
T43 Brett Patterson (1) 76 74 150
T43 Lucas Armstrong (4) 75 75 150

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