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UT Signees Finish Top-12 at Jones Cup Junior

A pair of Tennessee signees posted excellent showings at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational, which finished play Tuesday at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, Ga.

Grant Daugherty finished ninth and Chad Merzbacher 12th in the 78-player field made up of the top 18-and-under male amateur golfers who are not enrolled full time at a university or college.

Daugherty closed with his best score of the tournament, a 2-over-par 72. The Alcoa native was tied for 16th place entering Tuesday's action after opening with rounds of 75-73. He finished at 10-over-par 220 for the tournament.

Merzbacher shot 76 Tuesday after consecutive rounds of 73 had him tied for ninth heading into the third and final round. The Dublin, Ohio, product finished at 12-over 222.

Both Merzbacher and Daugherty managed only one birdie apiece in Tuesday's final round on the difficult Seaside Course, which every April hosts the SEC Men's Golf Championship.

Daugherty and Merzbacher joined Michael Nagy of Manistique, Mich., last month to form the heralded 2011 Tennessee men's golf signing class. The trio enrolls at UT in fall 2012.

Final scores for the 2011 Jones Cup Junior Invitational can be found here.

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