Weather alters golf schedule at Pinehurst Challenge

Raiders open tournament play a day early

March 15, 2014 ·

PINEHURST, N.C. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team returns to action Saturday at the Pinehurst Challenge at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina as inclement weather in the forecast forced tournament play to begin a day earlier.

The Pinehurst Challenge hosted by the College of Charleston was scheduled to begin Sunday and run through Monday, but due to possible bad weather conditions on Monday the Raiders squeezed in a practice round Friday. The event tees off Saturday at noon EST with the opening round and will conclude with rounds on Sunday.

This year will mark the 18th edition of the tournament (16th as the tournament was snowed out twice) and first time ever to play on the par-72, No. 1 course measuring a 5,949 yards. The 14-team tournament consists of event host CofC, Appalachian State, Boston University, Bucknell, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Illinois State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, SCAD, Siena, USC Upstate and Western Michigan.

The Blue Raiders return the same five players, who competed at the Hurricane Invitational in Avery George, Allie Knight, Emily Miller, Emily Williams and Maddie Denton. George led MT at the Hurricane Invite, picking up third-place honors in competitive tournament field. She carded a 212 through 54 holes to finish one-under par.

Knight was second on the team at the Hurricane Invite, shooting a 220 through three round to finished 22nd in the 96-player field. Miller turned in a score of 230, while Denton was close behind with a 231. Williams recorded her best round of the Hurricane Invite o the final day of competition, shooting a 76 to post a 236 through 54 holes.

The Raiders will tee off Saturday at noon EST and be paired with CofC and High Point. The final 36 holes will be played on Sunday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. EST.

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