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Vols Second at Sawgrass
Rick Lamb

Rick Lamb

Feb. 26, 2012

Tennessee sits alone in second place after Sunday's opening round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. And it could have been even better.

The Vols recovered from a slow start to climb all the way into first place, only to have anchor Garrick Porteous falter over his final three holes at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

UT's senior captain was challenging for the individual lead when he tripled-bogeyed the par-4 16th hole, bogeyed the par-4 17th and then settled for par at the finishing 18th after his teammates had played the par-5 closing hole in a combined 5 under.

Porteous dropped into a tie for 30th place at 4-over 76.

Nonetheless, Tennessee finished at 7-over 295 to trail first-round leader Central Florida (294) by a single stroke. Coastal Carolina is third at 296, with LSU and North Texas rounding out the top five at 298. SEC foes Arkansas (299) and Mississippi (300) are close behind.

Jay Vandeventer led the UT scoring with an even-par 72, followed by Brandon Rodgers at 73 and Rick Lamb at 74. Danny Keddie finished with an 82 and Marshall Talkington, playing as an individual, shot 81.

5 Under the Last 8 Holes
Vandeventer rallied to play his final eight holes in 5 under par in carding his best opening round of the season. The Bristol junior was 5 over through 10 holes and coming off his second double-bogey of the day when he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13. Vandeventer capped his comeback with a sparkling eagle — his second of the year — at the 510-yard closing hole.

Vandeventer's 72 was more than four shots below his first-round average (76.20) for the season coming in and left him in a tie for ninth place. He finished 10th to open the spring season two weeks ago in San Diego.

 

 

Rodgers continued his solid start to spring with another first-round 73. The sophomore opened with an identical score in San Diego en route to a tie for 32nd place. Sunday, Rodgers netted three birdies against four bogeys and is tied for 12th place at 1 over par.

Lamb survived double-bogey on the second hole to play even par the rest of the way, with three birdies against three bogeys. The junior matched his best opening round of the season and is tied for 16th place.

Porteous' 76 was his worst opening-round score of the season after he finished with three birdies and four bogeys to go with his triple-bogey.

Keddie's round was his fourth straight in the 80s since the mid-season break. He tripled the second hole and doubled the fourth en route to a front-side 44, but then settled down for a back-nine 38 that included two birdies. Keddie is tied for 78th place at 10 over par.

Talkington started on No. 10 and played his first nine holes in 2 over par. He was still just 4 over through 13 holes when disaster struck in the form of a nine on the par-4 fifth hole. Four pars to close left the sophomore at 9-over-par and tied for 72nd place.

Second Round, Then TPC
Tennessee begins its second round Monday at 9:30 a.m. on the first tee, playing alongside Central Florida and Coastal Carolina. The weather forecast calls for showers early and then thundershowers developing later in the day with a high of 68. Chance of rain is 70 percent, with winds blowing in from the coast at 5-10 mph.

Live stats are available each day on Golfstat.com.

After Monday's round and weather permitting, tournament participants are competing in a three-hole exhibition challenge at The Players Stadium Course across the street at TPC Sawgrass. Teams play the famed finishing holes of the par-5 16th, island-green 17th and par-4 18th at the home of the PGA Tour's Players Championship.

TEAM SCORES
1. Central Florida 294 (+6)
2. TENNESSEE 295 (+7)
3. Coastal Carolina 296 (+8)
T-4. LSU 298 (+10)
T-4. North Texas 298 (+10)
6. Arkansas 299 (+11)
T-7. Jacksonville 300 (+12)
T-7. Mississippi 300 (+12)
T-7. North Florida 300 (+12)
T-7. TCU 300 (+12)
11. Tulsa 304 (+16)
12. Furman 306 (+18)
13. UAB 307 (+19)
14. Mercer 309 (+21)
15. Georgia Southern 316 (+28)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
1. Sang Yi, LSU 67 (-5)
T-2. Julien Brun, TCU 68 (-4)
T-2. Johan de Beer, TCU 68 (-4)
T-2. Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina 68 (-4)
5. Jose Joia, Central Florida 69 (-3)
UT SCORES
T-9. Jay Vandeventer 72 (E)
T-12. Brandon Rodgers 73 (+1)
T-16. Rick Lamb 74 (+2)
T-30. Garrick Porteous 76 (+4)
T-72. Marshall Talkington * 81 (+9)
T-78. Danny Keddie 82 (+10)
*Competing as individual.
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