Trio leads MT in C-USA Championship opening round

Blue Raiders sit third after 18 holes

April 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics


GULF SHORES, Ala. - A trio of Blue Raiders led the Middle Tennessee women's golf team in the opening round of play at the 2014 Conference USA Championship Monday at the Peninsula Golf Club as MT sits third after 18 holes.

Middle Tennessee is third on the team leaderboard after the first round at the par-72, 6,145-yard course. MT shot 294 for six-over par, while No. 34 Tulane leads the way at 281 for seven-under par. UTSA sits second, carding 286 for two-under par, while FIU is one stroke behind the Blue Raiders with a fourth-place score of 295. No. 46 East Carolina and Old Dominion closely trail with scores of 296 and 297, respectively.

"We had a pretty good start," said MT head coach Chris Adams. "We made several birdies with just a couple of mistakes, but we were able to bounce back and stay within striking distance. We are going to need to keep playing smart and make good decisions to make up some ground on the leaders."

The Raiders were led on the day by junior Allie Knight, sophomore Maddie Denton and redshirt-sophomore Emily Miller as each turned in score of 73 for one-over par. This marks a new low round score for Denton and ties Miller's low round for the season, which she set at the FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate Sept. 10. Knight, Denton and Miller are tied for 10th on the 65-player leaderboard.

"I think they have a lot of confidence right now," Adams said. "We just need to roll a few more birdies in."

MT sophomore Avery George was next on the team, carding 75 for three-over par. She is currently tied for 25th, while her classmate Emily Williams sits tied for 29th. Williams shot 76 in the first set of 18 holes for four-over par.

The C-USA Women's Golf Championship continues Tuesday with the second round of play and will conclude Wednesday. Live scoring of the 19th annual C-USA Championship is provided by Golfstat.

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