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Blue Raiders 10th at Beau Rivage

February 13, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Gulfport, Miss. - The Middle Tennessee golf team finished 10th at the Beau Rivage Classic on Tuesday with a 54-hole total of 921. The tournament was the first of the 2001 spring season.

"Our inexperience really showed this week," head coach Johnny Moore said. "We just didn't score very well or take advantage of opportunities. It's just our first tournament and I expect us to be better the next time out."

The Blue Raiders were led by sophomore Patrick Williams, who finished in a tie for 12th with a 225. Newcomer John Beddies, who had the team's low-round of the tournament with a 72 on Tuesday, totaled a 228 to place in a tie for 26th. Junior Dane Randle, who has not played since the fall of 1998, came in tied for 61st with teammate J.R. Wade. Both shot a three-round score of 237. Rounding out the scoring for Middle Tennessee was freshman Taylor Bowers, who fired a 239 to finish tied for 67th.

The field of 16 teams was considered very strong with Sam Houston State winning the tournament easily with an 889. Tennessee finished second with an 898, while Louisville and South Florida came in third with a 903. A total of three Sun Belt Conference teams were in the field and the Blue Raiders came home as the low SBC team (South Alabama and Denver).

The Blue Raiders will be back in action Feb. 23-25 at the Ron Smith Invitational in Tampa, FL.

TEAM SCORES: Sam Houston State (889), Tennessee (898), Louisville (903), South Florida (903), Louisiana-Monroe (906), Southeastern Louisiana (907), Tulane (907), Memphis (920), Middle Tennessee (921), South Alabama (923), Florida State (928), Denver (928), Cincinnati (932), Wyoming (935), Troy State (939).

MT SCORES: Patrick Williams (T12th/76-73-76=225), John Beddies (T26th/76-80-72=228), Dane Randle (T61st/81-76-80=237), J.R. Wade (T61st/73-83-81=237), Taylor Bowers (T67th/78-80-81=239)

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