Golfers Finish 11th at Suntrust Gator Invitational

Feb. 6, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Tennessee men's golf team fired a 290-301-295--886 to finish 11th at the Suntrust Gator Invitational. The tournament was held at the University Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards).

Senior David Skinns led the No. 21 Vols with a 12th-place finish. Skinns finished the tournament with a third-round score of 70 (even par) to go with a 74-72 from day one for a scorecard total of 216.

Freshman Philip Pettitt and senior Ross McGowan were next in UT scoring in a tie for 27th. Pettitt finished the tournament with a scorecard of 73-74-74--221, while McGowan fired a 69-76-76--221.

Next for the Vols was freshman Ben Spickard in a tie for 53rd with a 74-79-75--228. Rounding out the Tennessee competitors was sophomore Tino Weiss in a tie for 76th after carding an 85-80-78--243.

Florida defended their home course and claimed the team championship with a 287-291-280--858. Day one leader and sixth-ranked Wake Forest finished second with a 286-291-289--866. Rounding out the top five was Florida State (868) in third, South Carolina (869) in fourth and Central Florida (876) in fifth.

Golfweek Top 25 teams that finished the tournament include No. 18 Georgia State in sixth with an 877, No. 24 Georgia Southern in ninth with an 881, No. 25 Purdue in 10th with an 882 and No. 9 Kentucky in 14th with a 908.

Jonas Blixt of Florida State claimed individual medallist honors with a 71-70-68--209. There was a three-way tie for second between Erik Johansen of South Carolina, Heath West of LSU and Brett Stegmaier of Florida with scores of 211.

The Vols next tournament will be the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 20-22. The tournament, considered one of the most prestigious of the spring season, will once again be held at Sawgrass Golf and Country Club.



1. Florida 287-291-280--858
2t. Wake Forest 286-291-289--866
2t. Florida State 291-292-285--868
4. South Carolina 292-288-289--869
5t. Central Florida 283-301-292--876
5t. Georgia State 296-290-291--877
7. UAB 290-288-300--878
8. LSU 293-290-296--879
9. Georgia Southern 290-298-293--881
10. Purdue 295-302-285--882
11. TENNESSEE 290-301-295--886
12. Ohio State 303-301-296--900
13t. North Florida 303-307-296--906
13t. Kentucky 294-310-304--908
15. College of Charleston 302-299-309--910
1. Jonas Blixt, Florida State 71-70-68--209
2t. Erik Johansen, South Carolina 70-71-70--211
2t. Heath West, LSU 69-71-71--211
2t. Brett Stegmaier, Florida 72-68-71--211
12-t David Skinns 74-72-70--216
27-t Philip Pettitt 73-74-74--221
27-t Ross McGowan 69-76-76--221
53-t Ben Spickard 74-79-75--228
76-t Tino Weiss 85-80-78--243


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