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Johannessen Sets Course Record

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On Monday, Tennessee signee Kristian Johannessen set a course record (63) in the Open Regional Qualifying at Bruntsfield Links (Scotland).

The Norwegian amateur is now a step closer to playing in next month's Open Championship. En route to his record breaking score of 63, Johannessen connected on five consecutive birdies (13th - 17th hole).

"I came over just for the chance -- I had never been to Edinburgh before, so it was nice to visit," said a thrilled Johannessen.

He became one of 134 successful players at 13 courses in England, Scotland and Ireland who now go through to the 36-hole Final Qualifying next Tuesday at Gailes Links, Hillside, Sunningdale New and Woburn.

Read more: Record breaking Johannessen leads the way to Final Qualifying

Good Times for Vol Golf

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The last few days have been extremely good for the Tennessee men's golf program.

On Friday, four Vol golfers compete in the 66th Annual SunTrust State Open Championship at the Belle Meade Country Club. Recent UT graduate Brandon Rodgers (pictured above) finished runner-up at the State Open with a 210 (-3). Rodgers shot rounds of 71-69-70. Making the week even more special, Rodgers celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday.

Former Vol golfer Marshall Talkington had a top 10 finish at the State Open, placing in a tie for 9th. The native of Jackson, Tenn., shot a 54-hole total of 215 (+2) with rounds of 75-71-69.

Current UT golfers Jack Smith and Grant Daugherty also competed in the 66th State Open, but failed to make the cut.

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Rick Lamb was also in action this weekend at the Willow Creek Open in High Point, N.C. The former UT star made his first career start on the eGolf Tour circuit. Lamb finished in 3rd place after pushing the leader, Andrew Yun, for most of the tournament. 

Lamb birdied on Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 to push him to 11-under par early on Friday, but a bogey-birdie-bogey stretch on Nos. 13 through 15 dropped him back down to 10-under par and out of contention for the event title. Lamb was tied for 2nd place heading to the tee of the par-4 18th, but closed with a bogey to finish his week with a 70 (-2).

One final note: Next week, former Vols Jay Vandeventer and David Holmes will begin their stints on the PGA Canadian Tour starting in Vancouver.

Skinns Having Career Month

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Former University of Tennessee golfer David Skinns entered the month of May with some life-changing news, the birth of his first child.

On May 4, the new father Skinns captured his first ever victory at the NGA Tour's Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. The Englishman secured the title with a final round comeback, shooting rounds of 71-69-68-67 to total 275 (-13). A veteran of the NGA Tour, Skinns was named the 2008 NGA Tour Player of the Year.

Read more about Skinns' big win: New Dad, Tennessee alum, David Skinns wins Savannah Lakes Village Classic

The a 32-year-old followed up fatherhood and a NGA Tour victory with a solid finish on the PGA's Web.com Tour.

On Sunday, Skinns competed in the prestigious 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation. Skinns finished tied for 9th with a weekend total of 271 (-15). With his first top 10 Web.com finish, Skinns made the Tour's biggest money rankings jump of the week. He moved up 179 spots on the money leaderboard.

Watch highlights from the BMW Charity Pro-Am: Third Round Highlights

The next event on the Web.com Tour is the Rex Hospital Open from May 22-25 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C.

January 17th is a loaded day of birthdays on Rocky Top, starting with Vols head coach Butch Jones. Be sure to send him a Happy Birthday message on the football Facebook Page

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Also celebrating a birthday from our football family is senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp, former All-American punter Jimmy Colquitt and St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Scott Wells.

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Outside of the football program, former Vol golfer and 2014 Masters participant Garrick Porteous and current Lady Vol softball outfielder Jennifer Burroughs celebrate their birthdays today.

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Happy Birthday - Oct. 15: Danny Keddie

On Oct. 15, we celebrate the 22nd birthday of Tennessee men's golfer Danny Keddie.


Happy Birthday - Sept. 20: Clint Johnson & Rick Lamb

On Sept. 20 we wish Happy Birthday to Tennessee senior swimmer Clint Johnson and 2013 men's golf graduate Rick Lamb.

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Happy Birthday - Aug. 22: Chanelle Price, Jay Vandeventer

On August 22, we celebrate the birthdays of nine-time All-American and former women's track athlete Chanelle Price and 2013 men's golf graduate Jay Vandeventer.

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On August 4, we celebrate the birthdays of Vol distance runner Jordan Chaney, former Lady Vol swimmer Courtney Ciesielski and former men's golfer Justin Walker.

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Happy Birthday - July 25: Michael Nagy, Tee Martin

On July 25, we wish happy birthday to rising Vol golf sophomore Michael Nagy and to the quarterback who brought the Vols the 1998 BCS National Championship, Tee Martin. The signal caller completed 57.3 percent of his passes, threw for 2,164 yards and had 19 touchdown passes during the championship run.


The first official day of summer is a popular day for Vol birthdays, as we wish happy birthday to current Vols Terrance Livingston (track & field), Marshall Talkington (golf) and Jaron Toney (football) today. 2012 Vol tennis graduate Bryan Swartz and one of the greatest linebackers in UT history, Al Wilson, are also celebrating birthdays today.

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