Feb. 13, 2011
Garrick Porteous shot 1-under-par and three Vols added even rounds of 70 to help Tennessee to seventh place after Sunday's opening session of the Battle at the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif.
Darren Renwick, Jay Vandeventer and freshman Danny Keddie all fired 70s to complement Porteous' 69 at the Resort at Pelican Hill's Ocean North Course, located about 45 miles south of Los Angeles. Robin Wingardh's 76 also counts this week, as for the season year in a row teams at this event are scoring their best five individual tallies each day instead of the usual four.
Tennessee's Sunday total of 5-over-par 355 has the Vols just seven shots off the pace set by San Diego, which finished at 2-under 348. Defending NCAA champion Augusta State (350), Arizona State (351), Washington (351), Arkansas (353) and UCLA (353) are just ahead of UT, which is tied for seventh with UC Davis.
Porteous went out in 35, carding birdies at the par-3 second and par-5 eighth holes to offset a pair of bogeys. Two more bogeys sandwiched around his birdie at par-4 11th hole pushed the score above par, but the junior from Morpeth, England, finished strong. He closed with birdies at the par-5 17th and par-4 18th holes to climb into a tie for 11th place.
Renwick registered 13 pars in his opening round, with nine of those consecutive from holes 8-16. The junior from Worthing, England, rallied from an early double bogey to birdie the par-4 fourth and par-4 seventh holes for an even front side. He then finished birdie-bogey for a tie for 15th place and his fourth round of par or better this season.
Vandeventer birdied the par-3 sixth hole but was 1 over at the turn. The Bristol sophomore then put together three birdies over his last six holes -- Nos. 13, 14 and 18, all par 4s -- to offset a double bogey at the 17th. Vandeventer also is tied for 15th place and now owns three rounds of par or better this season.
Keddie made an immediate impact after just joining the team this semester. The freshman from Lincoln, England, was 2 under par through nine holes thanks to birdies at the fourth and sixth holes. But after three bogeys on the back nine halted his momentum, Keddie was able to close with a smooth birdie at the finishing 18th hole to climb into that group in 15th place.
Wingardh's lone birdie Sunday was at the par-4 10th hole, not nearly enough to offset five bogeys and a double bogey. The senior from Morarp, Sweden, dropped five strokes over a four-hole stretch late in his round and resides in 61st place. Wingardh, ranked 30th nationally by Golfstat, was UT's top performer during the fall with all four finishes inside the individual top 20.
Justin Walker made his second appearance of the season and shot 80, with single birdies on each nine. The Greenbrier junior closed with 38 on the back nine and is tied for 77th place.
The Vols are making their spring season debut in this Southern California tournament for the second year in a row, but are having a much better time of it this season. Last year, after travel issues kept the team from arriving until the night before play began, Tennessee was 12th out of 14 teams after the first day's play and went on to finish 10th.
Monday's second-round action begins at 7 a.m. Pacific time, with temperatures starting in the upper 40s and climbing toward a high of 67 under light winds. Live scoring is available at UTsports.com, via golfstat.com.
|1.||San Diego||348 (-2)|
|2.||Augusta State||350 (E)|
|T-3.||Arizona State||351 (+1)|
|T-7.||UC Davis||355 (+5)|
|9.||San Diego State||362 (+12)|
|T-10.||Long Beach State||366 (+16)|
|T-10.||Oregon State||366 (+16)|
|1.||Kenneth McCready, San Diego||65 (-5)|
|2.||Ty Chambers, Washington||66 (-4)|
|T-3.||Connor Driscoll, UCLA||67 (-3)|
|T-3.||Mitchell Krywulycz, Augusta State||67 (-3)|
|T-5.||Six players tied||68 (-2)|
|T-11.||Garrick Porteous||69 (-1)|
|T-15.||Danny Keddie||70 (E)|
|T-15.||Darren Renwick||70 (E)|
|T-15.||Jay Vandeventer||70 (E)|
|T-61.||Robin Wingardh||76 (+6)|
|T-77.||Justin Walker||80 (+10)|