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Fourth Place Finish for Vols at Sea Best
Goss bounces back to finish 9th.

Goss bounces back to finish 9th.

Feb. 4, 2014

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Ponte Vedra, Fla. -- Rebounding from a uncharacteristic first round, sophomore Oliver Goss rattled off back-to-back rounds of 73 (+1) as he led the Vols to a fourth place finish at the Sea Best Invitational.

The 16-team tournament, including three top-50 teams (Texas A&M, Liberty and Tennessee), had to resume play early on Tuesday morning after Monday's 36-holes were delayed due to darkness.

The second round delay at TPC Sawgrass did not faze the boys in Big Orange. The Vols went on to record their best round of the tournament, 297 (+9). Tennessee finished with a 54-hole total of 904 (+40) that included twelve final round birdies.

Goss was the Vols' top finisher, tying for ninth place overall. Tennessee's No. 1 starter overcame a first round triple-bogey to card a three round total of 77-73-73--223 (+7).

During Goss' first round struggle, head coach Jim Kelson relied on Knoxville natives Brandon Rodgers and Jack Smith. The pair led Tennessee through two rounds, shooting identical scores of 75 (+3) and 74 (+2).

Rodgers and Smith slipped in their final round. Rodgers shot a 77 (+5) and finished in a tie for 16th while Smith carded a final round 83 (+11) which dropped him into a tie for 38th.

Rounding out the Tennessee starting five, Chad Merzbacher played consistent golf throughout as he shot 77-76-77--230 (+14) and finished tied for 27th. Marshall Talkington placed 41st after carding rounds of 78-79-76--233 (+17).

Competing as an individual, Grant Daugherty finished his first tournament since 2012 by carding rounds of 78-81-81--240 (+24).

"It felt great to get back in a tournament again," Daugherty said. "It has given me a lot of confidence to keep getting better."

Tennessee returns to action Feb. 23 when the Vols travel back to Ponte Vedra, Fla., for the John Hayt Invitational.

The Rest of the Sea Best

A strong surge in the second round helped North Florida catch the leading Liberty University. After 54-holes, the two teams were in a deadlock at 22-over par. The Liberty Flames took home the 2014 Sea Best championship after a tie was broken by lowest final round score.

Greg Yates of Texas A&M jumped into contention for the individual title on Tuesday. Yates caught leader Austin Padova of North Florida as both claimed a share of the 2014 Sea Best individual championship. The co-medalists both finished at even par for the tournament.

Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.

TEAM SCORES (Final)
T-1. Liberty 296-293-297--886 (+22)
T-1. North Florida 298-284-304--886 (+22)
3. Texas A&M 306-295-299--900 (+36)
4. Tennessee 304-297-303--904 (+40)
5. USC Upstate 302-303-310--915 (+51)
6. Florida 304-307-307--918 (+54)
7. East Carolina 309-321-289--919 (+55)
8. Winthrop 304-307-313--924 (+60)
T-9. Jacksonville 321-312-294--927 (+63)
T-9. ETSU 303-311-313--927 (+63)
11. Florida Gulf Coast 311-306-314--931 (+67)
12. Cal Poly 322-305-305--932 (+68)
13. Jacksonville St. 308-320-306--934 (+70)
14. Pepperdine 320-308-307--935 (+71)
15. Florida Atlantic 320-315-315--950 (+86)
16. Old Dominion 319-318-321--958 (+94)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)
T-1. Austin Padova, North Florida 72-70-74--216 (E)
T-1. Greg Yates, Texas A&M 75-70-71--216 (E)
T-3. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M 71-72-75--218 (+2)
T-3. Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty 71-74-73--218 (+2)
UT SCORES (Final)
T-9. Oliver Goss 77-73-73--223 (+7)
T-16. Brandon Rodgers 75-74-77--226 (+10)
T-27. Chad Merzbacher 77-76-77--230 (+14)
T-38. Jack Smith 75-74-83--232 (+16)
T-41. Marshall Talkington 78-79-76--233 (+17)
T-57. Grant Daugherty 78-81-81--240 (+24)

 

 

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