Men's golf ready for tough Mason Rudolph Championship

10 of 14 teams ranked in top 80 nationally

April 3, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - The Middle Tennessee men's golf team will look to continue their strong spring season this weekend in nearby Franklin, Tenn., for the 2014 Mason Rudolph Championship. The Blue Raiders are a two-time winner of the event, taking titles in 2009 and 2011.

The 14-team field, which has 10 teams ranked in the top 80, will play eighteen holes each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course. The course will be set up as a par-71, 7,100-yard setup.

This year's field will consist of #1 Alabama, #130 Ball State, #76 College of Charleston, #62 ETSU, #12 Florida State, #48 Georgia Southern, #35 Kennesaw State, #59 Louisville, #33 Mercer, #56 Middle Tennessee, #108 Rice, #133 Southern Miss, host #14 Vanderbilt, and #200 Western Kentucky.

In three events this spring, the Blue Raiders carry a mark of 33-9 with a win and a third and fifth place showing.

"This is a tremendous field and will be a great opportunity for our team," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "We have had a good spring and hopefully the momentum we have been building can carry over this weekend."

Junior Brett Patterson leads the Blue Raiders with a 73.0 scoring average followed by Payne Denman's 73.6. Senior Lucas Armstrong, coming off the best tournament of his career, is next in line with a 74.1 stroke average while Jordan Jennings owns a 74.2.

There will be fixed tee times on number one and number 10 starting at 8 AM CT each day of the event. Fans can follow live scoring at golfstat.com.

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