Feb. 24, 2013
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Ponte Vedra, Fla., has not been kind to the Tennessee men's golf team the second time around.
The Vols struggled out of the gate on Sunday. The Tennessee team currently sits in 11th place at the Sawgrass County Club. Led by Australian import Oliver Goss, the Vols shot a 6-over par (294) after the first round of the John Hayt Invitational.
The Volunteers' bright spot came in the form of Goss. After nine holes, the Australian led the tournament with a 3-under par, nailing an eagle on the eighth hole. Goss ended the day shooting a 2-under par (70) and finishing tied for 10th.
The rest of head coach Jim Kelson's squad put in solid performances. Rick Lamb, winner of two consecutive tournaments, finished Sunday tied for 38th after shooting a 2-over par (74) with a birdie on the seventh hole. Newcomers Thomas Dunne and Michael Nagy both contributed by shooting a 3-over par (75) and finishing tied for 43rd. Senior Jay Vandeventer rounded out the Vols' starting five by shooting a 5-over par (77) and finishing tied for 63rd. Freshman Chad Merzbacher competed as an individual and shot an 11-over par (83).
"We got off to a slow start but it's still early," Kelson said. "We are really pleased with the way Oliver (Goss) is playing in his second collegiate tournament".
North Florida's senior Kevin Phelan carded a tournament record an 8-under par (64) to lead the individual competition. The North Florida team also shot a tournament record matching round of 12-under par (276) to lead the team competition.
Monday's second round begins at 8:00 a.m. ET. The Vols will tee off at 8:45 a.m. ET from the 10th hole. Tennessee will be paired with North Texas and Jacksonville.
|TEAM SCORES (Through One Rounds)|
|1.||#25 North Florida||276 (-12)|
|2.||#11 Duke||282 (-6)|
|4.||#12 LSU||290 (+2)|
|5.||Coastal Carolina||291 (+3)|
|T-6.||#7 Florida||292 (+4)|
|T-9.||#14 Arkansas||293 (+5)|
|T-9.||North Texas||293 (+5)|
|11.||#22 TENNESSEE||294 (+6)|
|15.||Ole Miss||311 (+23)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Through One Rounds)|
|1.||Kevin Phelan, North Florida||64 (-8)|
|T-2.||Sean Dale, North Florida||68 (-4)|
|T-2.||Ricardo Gouveia, UCF||68 (-4)|
|T-2.||Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina||68 (-4)|
|T-2.||Joe Stepnes, North Florida||68 (-4)|
|UT SCORES (Through One Rounds)|
|T-10.||Oliver Goss||70 (-2)|
|T-38.||Rick Lamb||74 (+2)|
|T-43.||Thomas Dunne||75 (+3)|
|T-43.||Michael Nagy||75 (+3)|
|T-63.||Jay Vandeventer||77 (+5)|
|87.||Chad Merzbacher||83 (+11)|