Bradford, Golden Eagles finish second at Murray State tournament

MURRAY, Ky. -- Tennessee Tech junior Megan Bradford finished in second place individually, helping lead the Golden Eagles to a second place team finish Tuesday at the New Wave Communications Classic. Host Murray State took advantage of familiar surroundings on its home course to break a first round tie with Tech and claim the title at the par 72, 6,017-yard Miller Memorial Golf Course.

Bradford, who held a one shot lead after Monday's first round 77, followed with an 81 in the cold and windy conditions Tuesday, finishing second by just four shots to earn all-tournament honors. Murray State's Joyce Trus captured medalist honors with a 78-76--154.

It was the fourth time Murray State has captured its own tournament in the seven-year history of the event, and the third time that Tech has finished as runnerup.

MSU followed its 328 on Monday with a 319 team total Tuesday to win with a 647. Tech shot 328 Monday and 334 Tuesday for a 662 and second place, five shots ahead of Austin Peay at 329-338--667. Lipscomb (670) placed fourth, followed by SIU-Edwardsville (680), Murray State-Gold (696), IPFW (712), University of the Cumberlands (734) and Missouri Baptist (799).

For Tech, sophomore Carley Rhyne also posted a Top 10 finish, carding rounds of 86 and 79 for a tie for sixth place at 165. Madison Denman was in 17th place (84-85-169), followed by Diana Carson tied for 18th (81-89--170) and Maegan Sullivan (91-89--180) in a tie for 32nd place.

Sophomore Lindsay Spradlen tied for 23rd place to finish as the top individual entrant with rounds of 91 and 83 for a 174.

Coach Brandy Stout's team gets next weekend off before returning to action March 16-17 at the Samford Intercollegiate.