Feb. 12, 2002
KATY, Texas-- The eighth-ranked Tennessee men's golf team claimed its third team title in two years and second this season, after winning the Rice Intercollegiate at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Course (par 72, 7,100 yards). The Vols turned in a three-round scorecard of 291-290-281--862 (2-under par) to win the tournament by 13 strokes.
The Vols were led by freshman David Skinns who finished second with scores of 73-73-67--213. Skinns lost in a playoff to eventual champion Adam Meyer of Baylor. Junior Ian Parnaby finished third with scores of 72-72-71--215 and senior Andrew Black finished tied for fourth with a 74-71-71 to round out the Vol competitors in the top five. Junior Andrew Pratt finished tied for 13th with a 222, while senior Jimmy White rounded out the Vol scores with a 224 to tie him for 20th.
Meyer was the individual medalist, besting Skinns after a two-hole playoff. Parnaby was third with scores of 72-72-71--213, while there was a three-way tie for fourth. Ryan Morgan of Rice, Will Doughtie of Baylor and Black of Tennessee all finished with scores of 216.
Tennessee finished 13 strokes ahead of second-place Baylor. The Bears fired a 298-298-279--875. Southwest Texas State (889), Vanderbilt (890) and Missouri (891) rounded out the top five teams competing.
This marks the second team championship for the Vols this season. They won the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in October at Cherokee Country Club. They also won the Louisiana Classics Intercollegiate last spring in Lafayette, La. The Vols last won two team championships in the same season in 1987, when they won the South Florida Invitational and the Springbrook Intercollegiate.
The Vols will next be in action at the always-competitive Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Jacksonville, Fla. The tournament will be held on Feb. 18-19 at Sawgrass Country Club (par 72, 6,895 yards).