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Vols Finish Sixth Behind Pair of Top 10s
Robin Wingardh


Robin Wingardh

Feb. 15, 2011

Jay Vandeventer and Danny Keddie posted top-10 finishes Tuesday and guided Tennessee to a sixth-place result at the Battle at the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif.

The Vols duo tied for 10th place at 3-over-par 213.

Vandeventer appeared headed for his third consecutive round of even-par 70 before carding a triple-bogey 7 on his final hole, the par-4 third. It was the Bristol sophomore's only triple of the tournament and cancelled earlier birdies at Nos. 4, 10 and 13.

Still, Vandeventer posted 73 for his best collegiate tournament finish and his second top-20 in the last three starts dating to the fall competitions. Vandeventer's previous best was 14th back in September at the Windon Memorial in Chicago.

For Keddie, after combining for nine birdies the first two days, his lone red number on Tuesday came at his final hole, the par-4 fourth. The freshman newcomer, who finished with 74, did cover the entire 54 holes without scoring worse than a bogey and begins his UT career on a brilliant note.

The Vols finished sixth at 27-over-par 1077 after posting a final-round of 364, or 14 over par. Teams counted five players in this tournament format instead of the usual four. Second-ranked UCLA (1057) captured tournament honors for the second year in a row, followed by San Diego (1060), Augusta State (1065), Washington (1066) and Arizona State (1073).

All five squads ahead of the Vols entered the week ranked in the top 34 nationally by Golfstat. Tennessee was able to finish better than 10th-ranked San Diego State (1079) and 12th-ranked Arkansas (1087), the only other SEC member in the field.

Senior Robin Wingardh posted his best round of the tournament, a 2-under-par 68 that lifted UT's captain 26 positions during the day to 28th place at 7-over 217. Wingardh carded six birdies, three on each side.

 

 

Garrick Porteous was next with a 71 to climb 13 positions into a tie for 17th place - best of the season - at 5-over-par 215. The junior fashioned a stretch of 11 consecutive pars and recorded back-to-back birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.

Darren Renwick closed Tennessee's scoring with a 78, registering just one birdie to finish at 9-over 219 and tied for 35th place. Justin Walker shot his best round of the tournament, 79, to finish at 31-over 241.

The Vols return to action Feb. 27 at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

TEAM SCORES
1. UCLA 353-353-351--1057 (+7)
2. San Diego 348-353-359--1060 (+10)
3. Augusta State 350-364-351--1065 (+15)
4. Washington 351-352-363--1066 (+16)
5. Arizona State 351-363-359--1073 (+23)
6. TENNESSEE 355-358-364--1077 (+27)
7. San Diego State 362-356-361--1079 (+29)
8. Arkansas 353-365-369--1087 (+37)
9. Oregon State 366-362-366--1093 (+43)
10. UC Davis 355-373-374--1102 (+52)
12. Long Beach State 366-381-362--1109 (+59)
12. Texas-Arlington 372-366-380--1118 (+68)
13. Colorado 373-385-380--1138 (+88)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
1. Kenneth McCready, San Diego 65-67-71--203 (-7)
2. Patrick Cantlay, UCLA 66-69-68--205 (-5)
T-3. Connor Driscoll, UCLA 67-68-71--206 (-4)
T-3. Patrick Reed, Augusta State 72-66-68--206 (-4)
5. J.J. Spaun, San Diego State 68-70-68--207 (-3)
UT SCORES
T-10. Danny Keddie 70-69-74--213 (+3)
T-10. Jay Vandeventer 70-70-73--213 (+3)
T-17. Garrick Porteous 69-75-71--215 (+5)
28. Robin Wingardh 76-73-68--217 (+7)
T-35. Darren Renwick 70-71-78--219 (+9)
80. Justin Walker 80-82-79--241 (+31)
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