Feb. 22, 2009
Tennessee fired an 11-over-par 299 Sunday to open play in a tie for fifth at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The Vols are just three shots out of second thanks to consistent rounds across the board from scorers Chris Paisley, David Holmes, Darren Renwick and Robin Wingardh. Arizona State has a six-shot advantage on the field thanks to James Byrne's 4-under 68 that paced the individual leaderboard.
Paisley continued his solid scoring of late for UT, birdieing the final two holes to card a 1-over 73 at Sawgrass Country Club's Oceanside Course. Paisley had bogies on Nos. 6, 9 and 15 before rallying into a tie for ninth place.
Holmes and Renwick are tied for 24th after firing 3-over 75s. Holmes was 1 under on the front nine before the adventure began on No. 12. Over a six-hole stretch, the Knoxville junior scored a bogey, consecutive double bogeys, consecutive birdies and another bogey before finishing with a par 5 on the 510-yard 18th.
Renwick, meanwhile, had five bogeys and one birdie over a nine-hole stretch from holes 5-13, but played the final five holes 1 under par. He capped his afternoon by matching Paisley's birdie on 18.
Wingardh also scored for the Vols, firing a 4-over 76 to tie for 32nd overall. He survived a double on the par-4 second hole, rallying with two birdies and just one bogey over the remainder of the front nine. Bogeys on the back side at 12, 15 and 16 were his only remaining blemishes.
Tennessee's fifth golfer was James Brannen, who was making only his second appearance of the 2008-09 season and first this spring. Brannen birdied the opening hole en route to a front-nine 38. Two bogeys and a double on the back side left the Clarksville native at 6 over and in a tie for 52nd place.
LSU stands alone in second after an 8-over 296, followed by Georgia Southern and UAB tied for third at 10-over-par. Tennessee is tied with Georgia State in fifth.
Monday's weather conditions on Florida's northeastern coast will be cooler, with a high temperature in the mid-50s and northerly breezes at 10-15 miles per hour. Live results from the tournament can be found at UTsports.com or golfstat.com.
|t-9||Chris Paisley||73 (+1)|
|t-24||David Holmes||75 (+3)|
|t-24||Darren Renwick||75 (+3)|
|t-32||Robin Wingardh||76 (+4)|
|t-52||James Brannen||78 (+6)|
McGOWAN TIES FOR SECOND IN AUSTRALIA
Former Tennessee golfer Ross McGowan finished in a three-way tie for second at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia. U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee won the event sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours.
McGowan, who hails from Cheam, England, and competed for the Vols from 2002-05, had rounds of 70, 67, 65 and 70 to finish 16 under par at the Vines Resort and Country Club on Australia's western coast. The third round co-leader, McGowan joined Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita and Chile's Felipe Aguilar in the tie for second just one shot behind Lee. The three runners-up earned equal shares of the $298,000 that Lee would have collected if he was not an amateur.