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Porteous Named to Preliminary St. Andrews Squad

Tennessee's Garrick Porteous was named this week to a preliminary 12-player Great Britain & Ireland squad for this year's St. Andrews Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe.

The St. Andrews Trophy is an amateur golfing competition that takes place in even-numbered years. Great Britain & Ireland plays the United States in the Walker Cup competition during odd-numbered years.

Porteous already has been promoted to the England Elite Squad for 2012 and currently stands as England's No. 1 ranked amateur player. Porteous is ranked 59th in the Men's World Amateur Golf Rankings and is England's top player by a comfortable margin. The world ranking compiles the top male amateur golfers on the basis of their average performances in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 52 weeks, including his play with the Vols.

A native of Morpeth in his country's northeastern section, Porteous made his debut for England in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland last summer after a string of consistent performances. He narrowly missed out on a national title with a runner-up finish at the Tillman Trophy, and recorded top-10s in major events such as the British Amateur qualifying and European Amateur Championship.

The GB&I squad for the St. Andrews Trophy meets for the first time July 4-6 at Portmarnock Golf Links in Ireland. Making the preliminary list of 12 players does not ensure a spot on the final nine-man squad, as team selectors will be attending events throughout the summer.

Porteous finished alone in second earlier this week in his first Vols start of the spring season at the San Diego Intercollegiate. Porteous shot 73-73-69--215 to finish at 1 under par, one stroke behind San Diego's Alex Ching.

It was Porteous' best collegiate finish and his fourth top-four result in the last year.

Porteous leads Tennessee with a 72.8 stroke average and has counted toward the team score in 14 of his 15 rounds played. He owns six rounds of par or better.

Tennessee's next tournament is the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, set for Feb. 26-28 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Porteous Finishes 40th at Jones Cup

Garrick Porteous closed with a 77 Sunday and finished in a tie for 40th place at the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.

Porteous matched his Saturday total of five birdies but couldn't overcome eight bogeys and one double bogey over his final 18 holes to finish at 15-over-par 231. For the weekend, Porteous fired rounds of 80, 72 and 77 at Ocean Forest Golf Club.

The Jones Cup brought together 90 of the finest amateur golfers from the United States and abroad for a three-day competition that kicks off the spring portion of the golf season. The final leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.

The Vols open their spring schedule Feb. 13-14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic, a brand new tournament hosted by San Diego State University. The event takes place at historic San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

Porteous Improves Standing in Georgia

Tennessee's Garrick Porteous improved six strokes Saturday and jumped 14 places in the standings through two rounds of the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.

Porteous began on the 10th hole and couldn't have gotten off to a much better start en route to his 2-over-par 74. After opening the tournament Friday with an 80, he birdied four of his first six holes Saturday and finished the day with five birdies at the Ocean Forest Golf Club.

The Vols senior captain is at 10-over 154 for the tournament and tied for 37th place in the 90-player field heading into Sunday's final round.

The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United State and abroad for the three-day competition.

Saturday's updated leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.

Porteous Opens Jones Cup Play

Tennessee's Garrick Porteous is middle of the pack after Day 1 the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.

Porteous opened the prestigious amateur tournament by shooting 40 on both nines for a first round of 8-over-par 80 at Ocean Pines Golf Club. The Vols senior captain is tied for 51st place in the 90-player field. First-round scores can be found at Golfstat.com.

The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for the three-day competition. Past participants include current PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Jeff Overton, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Gary Woodland.

Porteous tees off for Saturday's second round at 9:40 a.m.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 1: Darren Renwick

On Feb. 1, we wish Happy Birthday to senior golfer Darren Renwick.

Darren Renwick

Happy Birthday - Jan 17: Dowd, Porteous, Radford, Sapp

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A quartet of birthdays among Tennessee student-athletes on Jan. 17. Celebrating are senior soccer forward Emily Dowd, senior golfer Garrick Porteous, junior rower Evelyn Radford and sophomore football linebacker Dontavis Sapp.

Emily Dowd  Garrick Porteous  Evelyn Radford  Dontavis Sapp

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.

Paisley Misses Cut at Euro Q-School Finals

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley missed the cut Tuesday at the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage in Girona, Spain.

Paisley shot a fourth-round 72, good for even par on the Stadium Course at the PGA Catalunya Resort but not good enough to make the top 70 and ties. The Newcastle, England, native finished his four days in a tie for 83rd place at a cumulative score of 1 under par, which was two strokes below the cut line.

The top 30 players and ties after Thursday's final round earn membership on the 2012 European Tour.

Paisley began his bid Saturday on the Tour Course with a 3-under-par 67. He shot 1-under 71 Sunday on the Stadium Course, before returning to the Tour Course on Monday for a 3-over 73.

A Vols team captain in 2009 and four-year letterman, Pasisley advanced to the European Q-School final stage by finishing fourth at his Second Qualifying Stage on Dec. 2-5 in Murcia, Spain. Paisley posted 9 under par after rounds of 72, 65, 70 and 68 against a field of 72 golfers.

Paisley now is eligible for limited membership on the Challenge Tour, which is the equivalent of the Nationwide Tour in the United States.

Paisley sparkled in 2011 on the Alps Tour, winning three times in only eight starts with one second- and one third-place finish to claim more than $37,000 in winnings. He also competed in 10 Challenge Tour events, making seven cuts and finishing 68th with money winnings of nearly $33,000.

The European Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Paisley Fighting to Stay in Euro Q-School Finals

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley needs a solid round Tuesday to stay alive at the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.

Paisley opened the scheduled six-rounds-in-six-days tournament with a 67 Saturday, but followed that start with rounds of 71 and 73 the last two days to fall into a tie for 74th place. That places the Newcastle, England, native just outside the cut line (top 70 and ties) for advancement to the final two rounds in Girona, Spain.

Paisley, who was a Vols team captain in 2009 and four-year letterman, advanced to the finals of Europe's Q-School by finishing fourth at his Second Qualifying Stage on Dec. 2-5 in Murcia, Spain. Paisley posted 9 under par after rounds of 72, 65, 70 and 68 against a field of 72 golfers.

Five days later, he was teeing it up with 156 contestants vying for spots either on the 2012 European PGA Tour or Challenge Tour, which is equivalent to the Nationwide Tour in the United States. The top 30 players plus ties at the final stage become eligible for Category 11 Membership on the European Tour, which usually translates into approximately 18 tournaments appearances.

Players who make the cut but finish below 30th place are eligible for Category 14 (limited) Membership on the European Tour and Category 7 Membership on the Challenge Tour. Players who miss the cut are eligible for limited membership on the Challenge Tour.

Paisley sparkled in 2011 on the Alps Tour, winning three times in only eight starts with one second- and one third-place finish to earn more than $37,000. He also competed in 10 Challenge Tour events, making seven cuts and finishing 68th on the money list with winnings of nearly $33,000.

The current European Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Oh Earns Full LPGA Membership; Pettitt Climbs into Contention

Angela Oh capped a steady week of golf by shooting an even-par 72 Sunday and tying for ninth at the LPGA Final Stage Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The former Tennessee golfer (2006-08) earns full LPGA Tour membership for the first time in 2012. Oh played in 10 LPGA events this past year, making one cut.

Meanwhile in La Quinta, Calif., Philip Pettitt fired his second 6-under-par 66 in the last three days and jumped to a tie for 53rd place heading into Monday's final round at the PGA's Q-School event.

Both of Pettitt's rounds of 66 have come on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, along with another score of 75 Thursday. Monday's final round for the UT alum (2004-08) is back on the PGA West Stadium Course, where his scores thus far are 74 and 76.

Pettitt is at 3-under-par 357 for his five rounds.

The top 25 players and ties receive PGA Tour cards for 2012. The next nearest-number-to-50 earn fully exempt Nationwide Tour cards for the first 10 events of 2012, with the remainder receiving conditional Nationwide Tour status.

Television coverage continues Monday on The Golf Channel from 3:30-7 p.m. Eastern time.

The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

For her five rounds at LPGA International headquarters, Oh shot 70-75-72-74-72 for a 363 total that was 3 over par. A field of 139 players started this week's event and the top 20 finishers earned full membership status for 2012.

The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

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