Raiders ready for C-USA Championship

NCAA Regional bid on the line in Oklahoma

April 26, 2014 · @MTAthletics

EDMOND, OK - The Middle Tennessee men's golf team has its sights set on the upcoming Conference USA Championship which gets underway Sunday at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. The tournament will be played on the East Course, which is a par 70, 7,100-yard layout and the winner earns an automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.

The event will be 54 holes with 18 played each day beginning Sunday with the final round set for Tuesday. The 14-team field will consist of (67) Charlotte, (81) East Carolina, (183) Florida Atlantic, (110) Louisiana Tech, (164) Marshall, (63) Middle Tennessee, (75) North Texas, (159) Old Dominion, (114) Rice, (132) Southern Miss, (90) Tulsa, (18) UAB, (107) UTEP, and (105) UTSA.

Following a strong spring, the Blue Raiders have put themselves in great position for another NCAA Regional appearance but know they cannot have an off-week in Oklahoma.

"This is win or go home time," said head coach Whit Turnbow. "We are inside the number for the NCAA's but we have to play three solid rounds at Oak Tree to stay in position. We have to be on top of our game. It will be windy and difficult as all championship venues should be so we have to prepare for that in advance. I think we will be ready."

The Blue Raiders will take the same five they have used all spring led by junior Brett Patterson. Patterson leads the team with a 73.0 scoring average and two top 10 finishes.

Junior Payne Denman, senior Jordan Jennings, senior Lucas Armstrong and junior Andrew Cho will complete the lineup. Denman ranks second on the team with a 73.7 average followed by the 74.6 average of Jennings. Armstrong and Cho are at 75.0 and 75.8, respectively.

Tee times will begin at 8 AM on Sunday and fans can follow the live scoring on golfstat.com. The NCAA Regional field will be announced on May 5 at 9:00 AM Central on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive Show.

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