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Raiders take 10th among tough competition in Miami

George claims third-play in individual standings

March 5, 2014 · @MTAthletics

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team took 10th after the final round of the Hurricane Invitational Wednesday at the Biltmore Golf Course as sophomore Avery George posted a third-place finish in the individual standings.

The Blue Raiders turned in a 296 in the third round of play to finish tied for 10th with a score of 893 in the 18-team field at the par-71, 6,092-yard course. MT was led by a pair of seniors in the final round as George and junior Allie Knight each shot a 73.

George carded a 212 through 54 holes to finish third in the 96-player field for one-under par. She was beat out by No. 30 Miami's Daniela Darquea and No. 25 Iowa State's Sasikarn On-lam, who finished two-under par. Darquea claimed top honors in a sudden death playoff against On-lam on the 10th hole as Darquea pared out and On-lam bogeyed.

"Avery had a great event, just came up one shot short," said MT head coach Chris Adams. "She bogeyed her 16th and 17th holes today, but overall to finish under par for the tournament was tremendous."

Knight matched her first round score of 73 for the Blue Raiders to total 220 through three rounds. She finished second on the team and tied for 22nd overall. MT redshirt-sophomore Emily Miller shot a 74 in the final set of 18 to finish with a score of 230, tying for 60th.

Middle Tennessee sophomore Maddie Denton carded a 76 Wednesday to finish the tournament with a score of 231. Her classmate Emily Williams turned in her best round of the tournament on the final day of competition, shooting a 76 to post a 236 through 54 holes.

"As a team we just need to still finish just a little stronger," Adams said. "We had moved up a few spots and then gave a few shots back at the end of the day. Overall for the first event, it wasn't a bad tournament for us with some pretty good teams. We got a couple of wins against two top 60 teams. We were one of the only teams to be in its first tournament of the spring so we hope for better things next week when we head to Pinehurst."

No. 18 Northwestern (864) edged No. 25 Iowa State (865) by one stroke to win the Hurricane Invitational. Tournament host No. 30 Miami claimed third-place with a score of 874. The Raiders tied with No. 56 Texas State (893) for 10th-place, while beating No. 58 Texas Tech (904).

The Blue Raiders return to action March 16-17, traveling to the Pinehurst Invitational in Pinehurst, N.C.

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