MOBILE, Ala. – Three Blue Raiders posted under-par rounds to open the season on Saturday, as Middle Tennessee got off to a strong start through 18 holes at the USA Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of South Alabama at the par-72, 6,002-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.
Graduate student Sophie Burks paced the Blue Raiders with an opening-round 68 (-4) to kick things off on Saturday, racking up five birdies through her first 18 holes to close the round tied for second out of 97 student-athletes.
The Caudill sisters, graduate student Caroline Caudill (69, -3) and senior Catherine Caudill (70, -2), also had a great start to the season finishing day one tied for fifth and seventh respectively. Both Caudill sisters found themselves right behind Burks with four birdies each in round one.
As a team, Middle Tennessee carded an opening-round 282 (-6) to close the first of three rounds in sole possession of second, two shots behind the University of South Florida. Altogether, the Blue Raiders have collected the second most birdies with 17 and lead all 17 schools in par 5s with an average of 4.55 strokes.
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Juniors Molly Bebelaar (75, +3) and Taylor Edlin (76, +4) round out the starting lineup for the Blue Raiders tied for 41st and 52nd respectively after one round.
Senior Madison Smith entered this weekend as an individual, posting 81 (+9) in the field of 12 other individuals, tying for 90th overall.
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“Great start for the team with a lot of birdies and minimal mistakes,” head coach Chris Adams said. “Proud of the way they played and hung tough in the heat and humidity! Very strong rounds by Sophie, Caroline, and Catherine but we know we have two more days, and we are going to try and keep the momentum!”
The Blue Raiders will resume the USA Intercollegiate Sunday morning, with a tee time set for 8:45 a.m. GolfStat.com will continue to provide live results of the event.