Feb. 18, 2003
Feb. 18, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--The Tennessee men's golf team finished eighth at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Sawgrass Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,895 yards). The Vols turned in a three-round scorecard of 287-298-292-877.
Senior Ian Parnaby led the way for the Big Orange with a 12th-t place finish. He finished with a 69-77-69-215. Sophomore David Skinns finished three strokes back of Parnaby at 18th-t with scores of 72-72-74-218. Sophomore John-Scott Rattan finished tied for 49th with a 74-77-74-225, while fellow sophomore Ross McGowan finished tied for 58th with a 72-74-81-227. Senior Andrew Pratt finished tied for 62nd with a 79-75-75-229.
Augusta State claimed the team championship with a 285-281-286-852. Clemson claimed runner-up honors, finishing 10 strokes back with a 287-290-285-862. Texas (870), Wake Forest (871) and Florida (872) rounded out the top five teams.
D.J. Trahan of Clemson claimed the individual title with a playoff win over Dustin Bray of North Carolina and Ryan Baum of Duke. Trahan shot a 73-71-67-211. Bray fired a 69-67-75-211, while Blaum had a 68-75-68-211.
The Vols will next be in action from March 3-4 at the Cleveland Golf/USC Southwestern Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif. The marks the first time Tennessee will compete in this event.