Feb. 22, 2005
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-- The 24th-ranked Tennessee men's golf team claimed a tie for fifth place at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a scorecard of 291-305-290--886. The tournament, which is considered on of the top spring events, was played at Sawgrass Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,949 yards).
Leading the way for the Vols was senior David Skinns in a tie for 15th. Skinns bounced back during the final round with a 2-under-par 70 to go with a 76-75 for a three-day total of 221. He opened play on the front nine with seven consecutive pars followed by an eagle on the eighth hole. He would then record a birdie on nine to make the turn at 3-under-par. The back nine saw him bogey No. 10 and birdie 13 to keep him at 3-under-par. Following pars on holes 14-17 he would then bogey 18 to end the round at 2-under-par.
Next for the Vols were junior Lloyd Campbell and senior Ross McGowan in a tie for 19th. Campbell fired a 71-77-74--222, while McGowan finished with a 72-77-73--222. Campbell's round did not get off to a good start with back-to-back bogeys, but a birdie on three followed by three pars helped him to settle down. After a triple bogey on the seventh hole he then recorded another birdie on eight to make the turn at 3-over-par. He recorded consecutive birdies to open the back nine, followed by a bogey. He would then finish out the tournament with six pars.
McGowan improved his scoring by four from the previous round. After recording a double bogey on the second hole, he came back with birdies on holes three and four. Following a bogey on seven he responded with another birdie to make the turn at even par. The back nine saw him birdie No. 11 and bogey Nos. 14 and 16 to finish the round at 1-over-par.
Freshman Ben Spickard stands next in Vol scoring in a tie for 50th with a scorecard of 72-78-77--227. Spickard's final round got off to a good start with a birdie on the second hole, but he slipped with two bogeys and a double bogey before back-to-back birdies to make the turn at 1-over-par. He had trouble on the back nine with four bogeys to close the round at 4-over-par.
Fellow freshman Philip Pettitt rounded out the Vol competitors with an 80-76-73--229, tying him for 59th. Pettitt continued his improved play from the first round with an even-par 36 on the front nine that included three birdies and three bogeys. Despite a bogey on No. 13 he displayed consistency with eight pars to close out the tournament.
The 21st-ranked Florida Gators took top team honors with a 292-302-280--874. Alabama was runner-up with an 879, followed by No. 12 UCLA in third with an 883. No. 14 Augusta State was fourth with an 884, while the Vols and No. 25 South Carolina tied for fifth with scores of 886.
Matt Every made it a tournament sweep for the Gators by claiming individual medallist with a 71-73-71--215. Tyler Brown of North Florida and Major Manning of Augusta State tied for second with scores of 216 to round out the top individuals.
Tennessee returns to action, Feb. 28-March 1, when the team travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Classic at North Ranch Country Club.
|Place||Individual Leaders||To Par||Rounds|
|1||Matt Every, Florida||-1||71-73-71||215|
|T2||Tyler Brown, North Florida||E||74-71-71||216|
|T2||Major Manning, Augusta State||E||73-69-74||216|
|4||Joakim Renstrom, UCLA||+1||71-74-72||217|
|5||Dustin Johnson, Coastal Carolina||+2||71-75-72||218|
|Place||Tennessee Individuals||To Par||Rounds|