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2008-2009 Men's Golf Roster


Rick Cochran

Class: SR
Height: 5-10
Weight: 178 pounds
Previous School: Heath HS
Hometown: Paducah, Ky.

NOTABLE
2008 NCAA Championship Participant ... Named All-Sun Belt Conference in 2008 ... Tied for third best three-round total in program history with 208 at the 2006 Jaguar Intercollegiate ... Three-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Month selection ... Named to 2007-08 Sun Belt Commissioner's List (grade point average 3.5 or above).

2008-09 (SENIOR)
2009 Spring:
Turned in two top 10 finishes including fourth (out of 120 participants) at the USF Invitational and ninth (out of 71) at the All-American Classic ... Shot best round of spring with a 4-under 68 in the final round of the SBC Championships to help the Blue Raiders win their first title since joining the league in 2000-01 ... Helped lead Blue Raiders to championship of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship ... Finished 48th (out of 75) at the NCAA Regional firing a 74 in the final round. 2008 Fall: Finished under par at each of the first three tournaments, including a 6-under 210 at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate to earn a sixth-place result ... Posted a 4-under 212 at the Aldila Intercollegiate and 1-under 212 at the Mason Rudolph Championship ... Recorded a career-low 66 during the final round of the Squire Creek Intercollegiate ... Had three rounds of 68, including a pair at the Mason Rudolph Championship ... Second on the team with a 71.42 stroke average.

2007-08 (JUNIOR)
Ranked eighth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 72.9 stroke average ... Enjoyed 17 rounds at par or better and turned in three Top 10 and seven Top 20 finishes ... Earned first career win at Carter Plantation Intercollegiate with a 1-under 215.
Spring 2008: Helped lead Middle Tennessee to its first NCAA Division I Men's Golf National Championship, where the Blue Raiders made the cut and finished 15th nationally ... Helped assure Middle Tennessee's berth in the NCAA Championship when led the Blue Raiders with a 17th-place finish (out of 141 participants) at the NCAA East Regional ... Tied career low with 67 in the final round of the East Regional and played all three rounds under par ... Six of seven Top 20 finishes occurred during the spring ... Led Blue Raiders in scoring four times in nine spring events ... Was team's leading scorer in back-to-back team wins, finishing first at the Carter Plantation and third at the Aldila Intercollegiate ... Turned in a 72.2 stroke average during the spring ... Helped lead the Blue Raiders to a school-record four consecutive tournament wins during the spring (All-American Intercollegiate, South Florida/Ron Smith Intercollegiate, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, and Aldila Intercollegiate) ... Finished 16th at the GADO North Texas Classic ... Finished 17th at the All-American ... Finished 12th with a 2-under 214 to lead the Blue Raiders at the Sun Belt Championships.
2007 Fall: Played in three of four fall tournaments and enjoyed a 72.2 average, which was fourth among Sun Belt golfers with less than 10 rounds played ... Shot par or better in four of the nine rounds including all three rounds (68-72-72) at the Jaguar Intercollegiate in helping lead the Blue Raiders to the team championship.

2006-07 (SOPHOMORE)
2007 Spring:
Turned in best performance at the First Tee Intercollegiate, where he finished third out of 91 participants with a 7-under 209. Shot par or better in all three rounds at the First Tee, including a second-round 67 - his only round in the 60s during the spring ... Played in four of seven spring tournaments ... Finished 19th at Sun Belt Championships.
2006 Fall: Became first Middle Tennessee player to earn Sun Belt Player of the Month when he earned the honor for his play in September ... Enjoyed a stroke average of 72.9, which was ninth among Sun Belt male golfers during the fall ... Began the fall with a career-best round of 67 at the Scenic City Invitational in Chattanooga, which was two strokes off the course record ... Finished a career-best second (out of 90) at the Scenic City and followed that with a fourth-place finish at the Jaguar Intercollegiate ... Shot par or better in six of the first seven rounds of the fall ... Shot sub-par golf in four of his six rounds in the September tournaments, including three in succession ... Enjoyed three Top 10 finishes and shot 75 or better in 11 of 14 rounds.

2005-06 (FRESHMAN)
2006 Spring:
Played in all seven tournaments with a strong average of 75.2 ... Shot a career-low 69 in the final round of the All-American Invitational in Houston ... Turned in career-best fourth-place finish at the Dick Wittcoff/USF Invitational ... Had six rounds of par or better out of 21 rounds played ... Best stretch came in consecutive tournaments (All-American and Dick Wittcoff) when he finished seventh and fourth, respectively ... Also finished 24th at the UALR/First Tee Collegiate and 27th at the Sun Belt Conference Men's Championship.
2005 Fall: Played in all five tournaments as a true freshman ... Had a stroke average of 75.1 and a low round of 70 (Reynolds Plantation Classic) ... Was tied for third overall after 36 holes of the Reynolds Plantation Classic before suffering a final round 80 to drop to 21st ... Came in 40th at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge and recorded his top 54-hole score (220).

HIGH SCHOOL
Played golf for coach Jimmy Long at Heath High School in Paducah ... Lettered in golf and basketball ... An all-state and all-region performer who was among the top 100 prospects in the nation coming out of high school ... Won the prestigious Kentucky State Amateur in May of 2005 to become the youngest winner in the tournament's history ... Finished third in the Kentucky High School State Championship ... Was first in the regionals as a sophomore and was second as a senior ... Placed 13th at the 2004 Bubba Conlee and came in seventh at the 2003 event.

PERSONAL
Rick is majoring in Liberal Studies ... Born on August 14, 1986 ... son of Rick and Linda Cochran ... Nephew of PGA Tour professional Russ Cochran.