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Vols Off To Slow Start At John Hayt
Goss Leads The Vols at John Hayt

Goss Leads The Vols at John Hayt

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.

Volunteer fans can follow the action at golfstat.com and by following men's golf @Vol_Golf on Twitter.

TEAM SCORES (Through One Rounds)
1. #25 North Florida 276 (-12)
2. #11 Duke 282 (-6)
3. UCF 286 (-2)
4. #12 LSU 290 (+2)
5. Coastal Carolina 291 (+3)
T-6. Tulsa 292 (+4)
T-6. UAB 292 (+4)
T-6. #7 Florida 292 (+4)
T-9. #14 Arkansas 293 (+5)
T-9. North Texas 293 (+5)
11. #22 TENNESSEE 294 (+6)
12. Jacksonville 295 (+7)
T-13. Furman 301 (+13)
T-13. Mercer 301 (+13)
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)

 

 

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