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Happy Birthday - May 24: Golf's Brandon Rodgers

On May 24, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior golfer Brandon Rodgers.


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Happy Birthday - Feb. 1: Hardesty, Nash, Renwick

A trio of birthdays on Feb. 1 including former football stars Montario Hardesty currently with the Cleveland Browns and Marcus Nash, the second all-time leading receiver in Tennessee history, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2001. 




Former star golfer Darren Renwick celebrates his birthday.

Darren Renwick
A very busy day for birthdays on Jan. 17. We start off with Happy Birthday wishes to our new head football coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones
Also celebrating today are senior rower Evelyn Radford and rising senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp.

Evelyn Radford  Dontavis Sapp

Recent graduates Emily Dowd, of the soccer program and Garrick Porteous of the golf program.

 Emily Dowd Garrick Porteous

From the archives, former Tennessee football punter Jimmy Colquitt turns 50.


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.

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