Vol Golfers Take Lead Into Final Round of Ashworth Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 28, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Led by senior Ross McGowan's 69-67--136, the 21st-ranked Tennessee men's golf team leads the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational with a scorecard of 284-279--563. The Vols second-round score of 279 marks the lowest single round score of the season. The tournament is being held at North Ranch Country Club (par 71, 6,742 yards).

McGowan, who is in second place, opened the tournament with a solid showing. The first round saw him begin play with a 2-under-par 69 that included five birdies and three bogeys. The second round saw him step up his level of play with a 4-under-par 67. The first nine holes had McGowan at 4-under-par with two birdies and an eagle. He continued his low scoring with three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16 to go 7-under-par. Despite slipping with three bogeys to close out the round he continues to lead the Tennessee contingent.

Senior David Skinns fired a 69-71--140 to finish the day in fourth place. He opened the day at par on the first three holes before carding birdies on holes 7 and 8. After another birdie on 10, he parred the next four holes before slipping with a double bogey on 15. Back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 lowered his score to 3-under-par before another bogey on five took his score to 2-under. His second round saw him slip with a 1-over-par 72 that included three birdies, two bogeys, and one double bogey.

Junior Lloyd Campbell is tied for 11th-place with a 72-71--143. He opened with three bogeys and two birdies during the first round to finish at 1-over-par. Campbell settled in during the second round and fired six-consecutive holes of par before catching fire with four birdies on holes 10, 12, 15 and 17. He slipped on holes one and two with a double bogey and bogey, respectively, to finish even par.



Next for the Vols is freshmen Philip Pettitt who fired a 74-73--147, tying him for 28th place. He displayed consistency to open play with eight consecutive pars, starting at hole six. After a bogey on 14 and a birdie on 15 to stay at even par he recorded three bogeys on his last six holes to finish at 3-over-par. His second round saw his score improve by one, as he recorded two birdies and four bogeys.

Rounding out the Tennessee competitors is senior John Scott Rattan. Rattan stands tied for 35th after turning in scores of 80-69--149. After opening play with an 80, Rattan bounced back at 2-under-par with six birdies, two bogeys, and a double bogey.

Standing second to the Vols is eighth-ranked and tournament host Southern California with a 287-280--567. There is a tie for third between No. 10 Brigham Young and Georgia Southern with scores of 571.

Aron Price of Georgia Southern leads the individual portion of the tournament with a 69-64--136. Tennessee's McGowan is second with a 136, while James Lepp of Washington is third with a 139 and Skinns of the Volunteers is fourth to round out the top competitors.

The Vols look to claim their third title of the year as tournament action concludes Tuesday with the final round of play. A link to live scoring for the tournament is available at www.UTsports.com.

Place Team To ParRounds
1 Tennessee -5 284-279 563
2 Southern California -1 287-280 567
T3 Brigham Young +3 291-280 571
T3 Georgia Southern +3 286-285 571
5 Stanford +16 299-285 584
6 California +18 296-290 586
7 Pepperdine +24 305-287 592
T8 Vanderbilt +26 301-293 594
T8 Washington +26 293-301 594
10 Oregon State +27 295-300 595
11 UC Riverside +28 297-299 596
12 Fresno State +32 298-302 600
13 UC-Irvine +34 305-297 602
14 Washington State +45 314-299 613
15 Oregon +48 303-313 616
Place Individual Leaders To Par Rounds
1 Aron Price, Georgia Southern -9 69-64 133
2 Ross McGowan, Tennessee -6 69-67 136
3 James Lepp, Washington -3 71-68 139
4 David Skinns, Tennessee -1 69-72 141

Place Tennessee Individuals To Par Rounds
2 Ross McGowan -6 69-67 136
4 David Skinns -1 69-72 141
T11 Lloyd Campbell +1 72-71 143
T28 Philip Pettitt +5 74-73 147
T35 John Scott Rattan+7 80-69 149


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