Feb. 17, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--The Tennessee men's golf team is tied for ninth after the first day of play at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. The Vols fired a 287-298--565 to tie them with North Carolina at Sawgrass Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,895 yards).
Leading the way for UT is sophomore David Skinns, who is tied for 15th. Skinns broke even for the day, shooting a 72-72--144. Senior Ian Parnaby and sophomore Ross McGowan are each two strokes back of Skinns, as they are tied for 27th. Parnaby fired a 69-77--146, while McGowan had a 72-74--146.
Rounding out the Vol scoring is sophomore John-Scott Rattan and senior Andrew Pratt. Rattan ended the day tied for 57th with a 74-77--151. Pratt (67th-t) is three strokes back at 79-75--154.
Augusta State, ranked seventh nationally, leads the tournament by 9 strokes. ASU fired a 285-281--566. Oklahoma State is second with a 281--295--575. Top-ranked Clemson and No. 4 Florida are tied for third with scores of 577, while No. 5 Wake Forest rounds out the top teams with a 580.
Dustin Bray of North Carolina leads the individual portion of the tournament. Bray carded a 69-67--136 to lead by two strokes over James Heath (70-68--138) of Augusta State. John Humphries of LSU and Brent Wanner of Wake Forest are tied for third with scores of 139, and Scott Jamieson of Augusta State and Brett Stegmaier of Florida are one stroke back at fifth with scores of 140.
The 19th-ranked Vols will be back in action Tuesday with the final round of the tournament.