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Happy Birthday - Oct. 15: Golf's Danny Keddie

Happy Birthday on Oct. 15 to golf's Danny Keddie.

Danny Keddie

Men's Golf Update

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Over the weekend, two former Tennessee Vols made some noise in the world of golf.

Philip Pettitt, Jr., a 2008 graduate, played a marvelous weekend of golf. He finished tied for 3rd in the Neediest Kids Championship at TPC Potomoc in Potomac, Maryland. The Web.com Tour event was held Thursday, Oct. 4th - Sunday, Oct. 7th.

The tournament sponsor, Neediest Kids, is a non-profit organization that helps low-income students in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia obtain the basic essentials they need so they can get the education they deserve. All net proceeds from the weekend event will enable Neediest Kids to help more children in their communities succeed in school. More information: click here.

Pettitt navigated the course at Avenel Farm spectacularly, shoot a four round total of 274 (-6). His 6-under par performance netted the former Vol a nice payday of $34,800.

Pettitt, the Murfreesboro native, came out of the gate blazing with a first round of 66 (-4), but then cooled down in the second round with a 71 (+1). He finished out the tournament with a 68 (-2) and 69 (-1) respectively. To view the results: click here.

Pettitt's next event will be on Thursday, October 11th at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, Florida.

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Garrick Porteous, a 2012 graduate, also put in some serious work this weekend. Porteous was selected to play for his home country of England in the World Amateur Team Championship.

The event took place Thursday, Oct. 4th - Sunday, Oct. 7th in Antalya, Turkey at the Cornelia Golf Club and the Antalya Golf Club.

The former Vol finished tied for 62nd by shooting a three round total of 217 (+3). His best round of the weekend came in the last round as he shot a 68 (-3).

As for Porteous' team, England finished 8th in the tournament, which saw the United States take top prize. The England team shot a total of 418 (-10) and did well to finish in 8th considering tournament field consisted of 72 countries.

To view the results: click here.

In addition, here is a good write up on Porteous from The Journal newspaper: click here.


Former Vol Wingardh Wins at Bogogno

Former Vol golfer Robin Wingardh won the First Qualifying Stage Section C at Circolo Golf Bogogno in Italy.

Wingardh shot a one-under par final round (71) to win the First Stage at the Italian venue. With a total round score of 15-under par (273), Wingardh was two shots clear of South African Dylan Fritelli after his two-under par final round (70).

Earlier in the week, Wingardh came out determined and focused as a six-under par opening round of 66 handed him the lead after first day of play. He added a second round score of 69 before a five-under par third round of 67 kept him on top in Italy.

The former Tennessee golfer is a native of Morarp, Sweden and graduated in 2011. During his time on Rocky Top, Wingardh racked up numerous awards and honors such as: 2008 Freshman All-SEC, 2nd Team All-SEC (2009, 2010, 2011), 2011 D-1 Ping All-American Honorable Mention, and Team Caption for the 2011 Volunteer squad.

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

On Sept. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior swimmer Clint Johnson and senior golfer Rick Lamb.

Clint Johnson  Rick Lamb

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

On Aug. 22, we wish Happy Birthday to Academic All-American runner Chanelle Price and rising senior golfer Jay Vandeventer.

Chanelle Price  Jay Vandeventer

Happy Birthday - Aug. 4: J.Chaney, C.Ciesielski, J.Walker

A trio of birthdays on August 4. Celebrating are: junior distance runner Jordan Chaney, junior swimmer Courtney Ciesielski and senior golfer Justin Walker.

Jordan Chaney  Courtney Ciesielski  Justin Walker

ESPN Tabs Da'Rick Rogers as 24th-Best Player in the SEC

In his running countdown of the top-25 players in the SEC, ESPN.com's Chris Low has ranked Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers No. 24 after he led the conference with 67 catches last season. 

Low credits Rogers for having "unlimited physical tools" and says he should "own the middle of the field this season with (Justin) Hunter and junior college newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson doing their thing on the outside."

Rogers finished with 1,040 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches en route to being named  to the 2011 Associated Press All-SEC First Team.

Happy Birthday - June 21: Collier, Swartz, Talkington, Toney

One of the most popular days for birthdays among UT student-athletes on June 21. Celebrating are: football lineman Brock Collier, tennis player Bryan Swartz, golfer Marshall Talkington and football defensive back Jaron Toney.

Brock Collier  Bryan Swartz  Marshall Talkington  Jaron Toney

Pettitt nabs share of fourth at Mexico Open

Tennessee golf alum Philip Pettitt, Jr. wrapped up play at the Mexico Open Presented by Banamex Sunday, earning a share of fourth place at the event.

With an 11-under 277 in the four-day Nationwide Tour event, the former Vol collected $27,500.00, nearly doubling his season earnings. The finish was his best in 2012 and the second top-10 placement in his career.

Lee Williams won the Open with a 14-under 274 score at the par 72, 7,708-yard El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Mexico.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product lettered for the Big Orange from 2004 to 2008 where he won his first collegiate tournament in his rookie campaign. He wrapped up his UT career with a 73.31 scoring average in 128 rounds played for the Vols. 

TOURNAMENT RESULTS


Wingardh has strong showing at first European PGA Event

In his first event on the European PGA Tour, former Vol golfer Robin Wingardh placed 45th at the Nordea Masters in Bro, Sweden, earning 8,100.00 euros for his finish Saturday.

Wingardh, who played for the Orange and White from 2007 to 2011, opened the event with a four-under 68, finding himself in a tie for fourth place after the first round. He wrapped up the tournament with a 68-73-71-73=285 (-3) tally to finish 45th.

Lee Westwood won the event at 19 under.

A native of Morarp, Sweden, Wingardh has competed in 11 Challenge Tour events with a top finish of 33rd coming at the Fred Olson Challenge de Espana in October 2011.

The 2010-11 Tennessee team captain earned All-Southeastern Conference laurels three times in his undergraduate career and pulled an All-America nod in his senior campaign. 

EVENT RECAP 

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