Feb. 14, 2011
Scores were higher Monday but Tennessee kept pace thanks to solid play from a talented trio through two rounds of the Battle at the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif.
The Vols stand fourth and Danny Keddie, Jay Vandeventer and Darren Renwick all find themselves among the top 13 on the individual leaderboard with 18 holes remaining at The Resort at Pelican Hill's Ocean Course, located about 45 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Keddie, the England freshman making his UT debut after just joining the squad this semester, birdied five holes Monday against four bogeys to move into a group tied for sixth place. Keddie's highlight was a three-hole stretch of birdies on Nos. 6-8 that sparked a front nine of 2-under-par 33 for the second day in a row.
Keddie bogeyed three of his next six holes, but birdies at the par-4 11th and par-5 17th holes left him 1-under 69 for the day and 1-under 139 for the tournament.
Vandeventer fired his second consecutive even-par 70 to climb into a tie for 11th place at 140. The Bristol sophomore's best collegiate finish is a 14th-place showing in September at the Windon Memorial.
Vandeventer on Monday all but mirrored his first-round scorecard, shooting 36-34 for the second day in a row. Birdies came at the first and eighth holes on the front side, and then on the 11th, 15th and 17th holes coming home.
Renwick rallied once again from early trouble, this time shooting 1-over 71 to climb to a tie for 13th place at 1-over 141.
The junior immediately bounced back from his second-hole double bogey to birdie the par-4 third, and then strung together another impressive run of pars. It was nine straight on Sunday and eight more Monday, this time over holes 4-11. From there, he birdied the par-4 14th and 18th holes to offset a pair of bogeys.
Tennessee shot 8-over-par 358 for the day, counting five players in this tournament format instead of the usual four. UT didn't match its 355 from Sunday's opener, but the 358 was the fifth-best round for Monday and bumped the Vols three places to fourth in the standings at 13-over 713.
UT is not one of the nine teams in this week's field ranked among Golfstat's national top 50, although the Vols entered play 54th in that poll and 48th according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. But the Vols are holding their own so far and enter Tuesday's third and final round just 12 strokes out of the lead.
San Diego (701) sits on top after another solid round, followed by Washington (703) and UCLA (706). Tennessee is seven shots behind that group but only just ahead of Arizona State (714) and defending NCAA champion Augusta State (716). Arkansas (718), the only other SEC member in this event, is tied for seventh.
Robin Wingardh shot 73 Monday and sits in a tie for 53rd place at 9-over-par 149. The senior captain matched his first-day 37 on the front nine and improved three strokes to 36 on the back, thanks to birdies on the par-5 holes at Nos. 8 and 17.
Garrick Porteous rounded out the Tennessee scoring with a 75 Monday and is tied for 30th place at 4-over-par 144. The junior managed just one birdie, at the par-5 eighth hole, and scored 38-37 over his two nines.
Junior Justin Walker shot 82 and is tied for 81st place at 22-over-par 162.
Tuesday final round begins at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time with a shotgun start. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with cloudy skies and highs in the mid-60s under light winds. Live scoring is available at UTsports.com, via golfstat.com.
|1.||San Diego||348-353--701 (+1)|
|5.||Arizona State||351-363--714 (+14)|
|6.||Augusta State||350-366--716 (+16)|
|T-7.||San Diego State||362-356--718 (+18)|
|9.||Oregon State||366-362--727 (+27)|
|10.||UC Davis||355-373--728 (+28)|
|12.||Long Beach State||366-381--747 (+47)|
|1.||Kenneth McCready, San Diego||65-67--132 (-8)|
|2.||Connor Driscoll, UCLA||67-68--135 (-5)|
|3.||Patrick Cantlay, UCLA||66-69--137 (-3)|
|T-4.||Alex Ching, San Diego||68-70--138 (-2)|
|T-4.||Patrick Reed, Augusta State||72-66--138 (-2)|
|T-6.||Danny Keddie||70-69--139 (-1)|
|T-11.||Jay Vandeventer||70-70--140 (E)|
|T-13.||Darren Renwick||70-71--141 (+1)|
|T-30.||Garrick Porteous||69-75--144 (+4)|
|T-53.||Robin Wingardh||76-73--149 (+9)|
|T-81.||Justin Walker||80-82--162 (+22)|