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Bulldogs Looks For Consistency In North Carolina

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the last tournament on the fall slate, the Mississippi State men's golf team travels to the par-72, 7,212-yard Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro for the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have shown their capabilities on the young season but have lacked consistency. During the first three tournaments, either the team or an individual has posted a round- or tournament-best stat.

 "I feel like we are turning a corner," MSU coach Clay Homan said. "We showed what we are capable of during a couple of rounds so far this year. We are right on the verge of taking the next step. It can start this weekend if we play more consistently."

MSU faces SEC-foes Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina along with Georgia State, No. 25 Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Pepperdine, No. 38 Purdue, Toledo, host-UNC-Greensboro, VCU and Virginia Tech.

Homan sends a fresh lineup that features Chad Ramey, Fletcher Johnson, Alex Rowland, Lee Heaton and Axel Boasson.

Ramey has been the workhorse early in the 2011 fall as he is sixth in the SEC with a 71.67-scoring clip. His 29 birdies and two eagles is also tops on the team.

Newcomer Johnson burst on the collegiate golf scene during his career debut at the David Toms Invitational. His 72.33 average card ranks him second to Alabama's Justin Thomas among SEC freshmen.

Rowland and Boasson also claim Top 25 spots in SEC scoring at 12 (72.56) and 23 (73.67), respectively.

In last year's edition, Heaton's 2-over-par 218 was second on the Bulldog leaderboard and just two strokes away from a Top 25 card.

More information about the event and competing teams can be found on the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate's website.

Live stats will be available through beginning at 7:30 a.m. CST. Fans can also follow Mississippi State golf on Twitter @mstateMG and on Facebook at


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