MT finishes fourth at John Kirk tourney

George leads Raiders in final round

April 1, 2014 ·

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team finished fourth after the final round of play Tuesday at the 21st annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State at the par-72, 6,164-yard Eagle's Landing Country Club.

The Blue Raiders carded a 306 in the third round of play, tallying an overall score of 907 (312-289-306) to finish fourth on the 16-team leaderboard, one stroke back from third place Troy at 906 (304-289-313).

Campbell took home top honors, winning its fifth John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate title with a score of 876 (304-286-286) for the lowest three-round total in the event's 21-year history. Tournament host Georgia State claimed second, shooting 891 (300-288-303).

"There weren't a lot of birdies to be had out there today with some tough pins," said MT head coach Chris Adams. "We got behind a little too much the first day to make up that many strokes. We have a couple of weeks to get better and work on feeling confident in ourselves to go to the conference championship. I think we picked up some confidence though at the right time of the season; we just have to get a little more consistent."

MT sophomore Avery George paced the Raiders in the final round of play Tuesday, carding another 74. She totaled 227 (79-74-74) through 54 holes to finish 21st among the 90-player field. Her classmate Maddie Denton proved to be the most consistent Blue Raider this weekend, shooting a 76 in the final set of 18 for a total of 226 (75-75-76) through the three-day tournament. She finished 20th in the overall player field.

Sophomore Emily Williams led the Blue Raiders at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, posting a score of 225 (80-67-78) through 54 holes to finish tied for 15th. She carded a 78 in the final round of play Tuesday, alongside teammate Allie Knight. Knight tallied an overall score of 229 (78-73-78), finishing tied for 22nd. MT junior Haley Cothran finished her first tournament of the season, shooting an 89 in the final round for a total score of 267 (88-90-89).

Playing as an individual, Middle Tennessee freshman Lacie York carded a 79 in the third round of competition, turning in a 242 (87-76-79) for the three-day tournament.

The Blue Raiders return to action April 21-23, traveling to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the Conference USA Championship at the Peninsula Golf Club.

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