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Men's golf team swings into season Friday at Legends Course


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's golf team gets the 2012 fall schedule underway this weekend, joining an elite field of 15 teams at the 14th annual Mason Rudolph Men's Championship being hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Legends Club. The 54-hole tournament will feature 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the par 71, 7,100-yard layout.

In addition to Tech and the host Commodores, teams battling for the title will include Arkansas State, Charleston, Davidson, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rice, South Alabama, East Tennessee State and Virginia.

Tech's roster includes just one senior, and will will look for leadership from veteran Lee Maxwell, who has qualified for the top spot in Tech's lineup for this weekend. Also qualifying for coach Polk Brown's lineup this weekend are sophomore Lee Whitehead, junior Greg Kitts, and freshmen Mitch Thomas and Adam Cunningham.

Middle Tennessee is the defending tournament champion while Ole Miss claimed second place a year ago and has also won the title in 2006 and 2007. Other previous tournament winners returning this weekend include Virginia (2005) and Georgia State (2004). Vanderbilt has won the tournament once, topping the field in 2002 when it set the tournament records for lowest round (268) and lowest 54-hole total (811).

Events from each day will be posted on TTUsports.com when they become available. In addition, live scoring will be available by clicking here or at: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3623