Feb. 19, 2002
The seventh-ranked Tennessee men's golf team came back to finish second at
the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. The tournament was held at Sawgrass
Country Club (par 72, 6,895 yards). The Vols fired scores of 307-290-277--874 to go from being tied for fourth after the first day to finishing second.
Junior Ian Parnaby led the Vols with a sixth place finish. Parnaby fired scores of 76-71-69--216 to tie him with fellow SEC competitor Camilo Benedetti of Florida. Senior Jimmy White finished a stroke behind Parnaby with a 217 to tie him for eighth. Other Vol scores include junior Andrew Pratt (22nd) with a 222, freshman David Skinns (23rd-t) with a 223 and senior Andrew Black (44th-t) with a 228.
Florida, the defending national champion, won the tournament with scores of 298-287-287--872. The Vols were next with an 874. Other top team scores included North Florida with an 884, No. 2 Wake Forest with an 887 and N.C. State with an 890. Other notable teams the Vols finished ahead of included No. 6 Texas, No. 17 South Carolina and No. 24 Augusta State.
Camilo Villegas of Florida was the individual medalist. Villegas fired a 71-66-73--210. Brandt Snedeker of Vanderbilt and Garth Mulroy of N.C. State finished in a tie for second with scores of 212, while Scott Jamieson of Augusta State (214) and Jason Hartwick (215) of Texas rounded out the top five.
The Vols will not be in action again until March 11-12 when they compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. The Vols last competed in this tournament in the spring of 2000 when they finished tied for seventh with scores of 290-296-288--874.