MTSU golfer improves standing to cap celebrated college career

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 10:11pm
Staff reports

Jason Millard shot a final round 75 (3-over) and finished tied for 32nd at the NCAA men’s golf championships at Stillwater, Okla.

The Middle Tennessee State University senior began the day with a double bogey on No. 1 and never got all the way back to par. He was 1-over when he made another double bogey, on the 17th hole. The senior from Murfreesboro closed his college career with a par.

"I couldn't be happier with the way Jason competed and fought on this difficult golf course the last three days," MTSU coach Whit Turnbow said. "He represented the university and himself very well.”

Millard is the only golfer in school history to compete in four NCAA championships. He was an individual qualifier this season, as he was when he was a freshman. In the two years in between, the Blue Raiders qualified as a team.

With a 54-hole total of 6-over (222), Millard tied Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford for the top score among this year’s six individual qualifiers. His best round a the 7,416-yard Karsten Creek Course was the second, when he shot a 1-under 71 and climbed from 75th to 36th on the individual leaderboard.

“He showed he can compete with the very best nationally, not only during this tournament, but throughout his career,” Turnbow said. “I am very proud of all his accomplishments along the way."