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Denton leads MT in opening round at John Kirk Panther tourney

Raiders sit eighth after 18 holes

March 30, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ROUND-1 RESULTS

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team was led by sophomore Maddie Denton in the opening round of play Sunday at the 21st annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State at the par-72 Eagle's Landing Country Club.

Denton carded a 75 in the first round Sunday and sits tied for ninth among the 90 player field. She paces a Blue Raider squad that ranks eighth on the 16-team leaderboard with a score of 312, just eight strokes back from second place Troy and Campbell.

"We just had way too many bogeys out there today," said MT head coach Chris Adams. "The windy conditions were though, but we have to do better. Maddie (Denton) played very good the last nine holes with two birdies and played pretty solid. We have to have others step up and help. We have two more days to look forward to improving."

MT junior Allie Knight is second on the team, shooting a 78 to be tied for 27th. One stroke behind her is Middle Tennessee sophomore and reigning Conference USA Golfer of the Week Avery George, posting a 79 to open the three-day tournament.

Sophomore Emily Williams turned in a first round score of 80 for the Blue Raiders, while teammate Haley Cothran posted an 88 in her first tournament of the season. Playing as an individual at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, MT freshman Lacie York shot an 87 in the first set of 18 holes.

The three-day event continues Monday with the second round of competition as tee times begin at 8 a.m. EST. Live score can be found at GolfStat.com.

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