– Middle Tennessee men's golf is back on the course Monday as head coach Mark McEntire
and his young Blue Raiders look to keep improving at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at the Par 72, 7,070-yard Squire Creek.
MT is one of 15 teams in the Intercollegiate hosted by Conference USA foe LA Tech. Fellow C-USA members Southern Miss and UAB are also in the field as well as Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia, Lamar, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Oklahoma City, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Troy.
"I am excited to get back into action this week in Louisiana," McEntire said. "The golf course at Squire Creek is very similar to the Grove and should be in excellent shape."
Middle Tennessee's five-man lineup will be led once again by senior James Beckner
and junior Tanner Owens
, both of who logged strong finishes last week at the Intercollegiate at The Grove.
"I look for Tanner and James to continue their solid play this week, but we will need to get some more help from the others in our lineup," McEntire stated.
Joining the upperclassman duo in the lineup this week at LA Tech are the freshman trio of Jake Marvelli
, Palmer Sadlowski
and Josh Morris
, while Graham Gosselin
will also be in the field competing as an individual.
"We made too many big numbers last week and when you don't make a bunch of birdies you don't have room to make mistakes," McEntire added. "(Assistant Coach) Kent (Bulle) and I stressed this week that we need to play more conservative and try to get off to a better start. I hope this will be another week that we continue to learn more about this team and improve on our performance from last week."
The Blue Raiders will tee off in Monday's 8:00 a.m. shotgun start alongside Southern Miss, Troy and Nicholls State on holes five through nine. Gosselin will tee off on 18 alongside players from New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana and Oklahoma City.
Live scoring for Monday's first and second rounds can be followed at Golfstat.com.