Tennessee Golf Year-by-Year Archive
SEC Finish: 12th
Coach: Jim Kelson (17th season)
The Tennessee men's golf program highlighted its 2014-15 season with a wire-to-wire tournament victory at the Colleton River Collegiate. Three Vols--Jack Smith, Chad Merzbacher and Michael Nagy--finished in the top 10.
Smith collected the sole individual title for the Vols in 2014-15 with a win at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. He shot a 205 total (-11), including a career low 63 in the first round.
The Vols also earned two second-place finishes in the season. Smith's individual victory helped the squad gather a second-place finish at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. Tennessee also finished second at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
Record: 71-75-4 (.487)
SEC Finish: T-12th
Postseason: NCAA Eugene Regional (11th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (16th season)
The Vols highlighted their season with back-to-back tournament championships for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Sophomore Oliver Goss set the UT career scoring average with a 71.88 average. Freshman Jack Smith played in every tournament for the Vols, completing a team-high 35 rounds.
UT earned its 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals, ending its season with an 11th place finish in the NCAA Eugene Regional.
Record: 116-62-4 (.656)
SEC Finish: 14th
Postseason: NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (4th), NCAA Championship (T-19th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (15th season)
The Vols surged in the second half of the season to win a pair of team championships and five individual titles, highlighted by senior Rick Lamb's back-to-back victories (SeaBest/C&F Bank Intercollegiate). Freshman Oliver Goss enrolled in December and provided a key spark to the Tennessee lineup. Goss earned first-team All-SEC honors, made the SEC All-Freshman Team and was named a third-team PING All-American, while Lamb earned PING All-American honorable mention. The duo led an NCAA run, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the Baton Rouge Regional and a 19th-place showing at the finals.
Record: 79-60-1 (.568)
SEC Finish: 8th
Postseason: NCAA Stanford Regional (6th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (14th season)
Garrick Porteous' 72.25 average in a team-high 32 rounds led the Vols in 2011-12.
UT also earned an NCAA postseason berth for a record 13th straight time, and ended its season with a sixth-place finish in the NCAA's Stanford Regional.
Record: 89-84-4 (.514)
SEC Finish: 3rd
Postseason: NCAA Indiana-Central Regional (4th); NCAA Championship (24th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (13th season)
The Vols rallied with a strong finish to the regular season and advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the third time in program history and first since 1995-97.
UT also earned an NCAA postseason berth for the 12th straight time to extend a school record.
Record: 98-72-7 (.573)
SEC Finish: 8th
Postseason: NCAA San Diego Regional (3rd); NCAA Championship (25th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (12th season)
The Vols won twice in the first three fall tournaments, including the Carpet Capital Collegiate for the first time thanks to Darren Renwick's medalist honors. UT climbed to No. 1 in the national rankings by Golfstat.com.
NCAA play was highlighted by a third-place showing at the regional in San Diego and a 25th-place effort in the finals at The Honors Course in nearby Ooltewah.
Record: 134-50-2 (.726)
SEC Finish: 11th
Postseason: NCAA Northeast Regional (2nd); NCAA Championship (12th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (11th season)
The Vols challenged for the NCAA Northeast Regional before finishing second, and then challenged for a berth in the NCAA Championship Match-Play Quarterfinals before placing 12th.
Chris Paisley (Arizona Invitational) and Robin Wingardh (Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational) won individual titles to help UT to four team runner-up showings.
Record: 121-47-3 (.716)
SEC Finish: 6th
Postseason: NCAA Central Regional (11th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (10th season)
The Vols finished fall with a runaway victory at the Turtle Bay (Hawaii) Intercollegiate, and then began spring with another triumph at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate.
Charlie Ford won the Turtle Bay event behind a school record 54-hole score (200), and Chris Paisley shot 64 in the second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate to take medalist honors there.
Record: 142-58-3 (.707)
SEC Finish: 1st
Postseason: NCAA Central Regional (5th); NCAA Championship (16th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (9th season)
Tennessee won its first SEC title in 17 years after holding off Alabama by two strokes. Jim Kelson was named SEC Coach of the Year and three Vols finished among the top 10 at the conference championship.
UT also won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va.
Record: 77-83-1 (.481)
SEC Finish: 9th
Postseason: NCAA East Regional (18th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (8th season)
The Vols won the closing edition of their own Tournament of Champions, with Lloyd Campbell and Philip Pettitt tying for medalist honors with a then-school record score of 201.
The very next week, Jonathan Mount claimed the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate individual title to help Tennessee to a second-place team finish.
Record: 121-59-4 (.668)
SEC Finish: 5th
Postseason: NCAA East Regional (2nd); NCAA Championship (11th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (7th season)
David Skinns won the SEC individual championship, UT's first medalist at the conference tournament in 15 years. The victory by Skinns jump-started Tennessee's postseason run to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
The Vols won three times, twice in-state with the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and Tournament of Champions. UT also claimed the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational in Los Angeles. Ross McGowan was named All-America third team.
Record: 99-87-2 (.532)
SEC Finish: 6th
Postseason: NCAA East Regional (18th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (6th season)
The Vols finished third in consecutive fall tournaments en route to another NCAA regional appearance. Tennessee placed 18th at the NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn.
UT's Bowen Sargent was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Record: 126-98-1 (.564)
SEC Finish: 4th
Postseason: NCAA East Regional (4th); NCAA Championship (23rd)
Coach: Jim Kelson (5th season)
The Vols finished fourth at the SEC Championship and fourth at the NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn., leading to the team's first NCAA Championship appearance under Jim Kelson and first since 1997.
Ian Parnaby won the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, sparking UT to a second-place showing. Tennessee also finished second the following week at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate in Hawaii.
Record: 124-52-1 (.703)
SEC Finish: 7th
Postseason: NCAA East Regional (13th)
Coach: Jim Kelson (4th season)
The Vols won three times and finished second twice in 12 tournaments. Included in the tournament victories was the Augusta State Invitational, with freshman David Skinns claiming medalist honors.
Tennessee also captured its own Tournament of Champions as well as the Rice Invitational en route to its third straight NCAA regional appearance.