Feb. 28, 2010
Tennessee resides in a seventh-place tie after 18 holes at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The Vols combined for a 16-over-par 304, led by matching 75s from junior Cameron Lawrence and sophomore Garrick Porteous. Also scoring for UT with a pair of 77s were junior Robin Wingardh and sophomore Darren Renwick.
Host North Florida leads the 15-team field at Sawgrass Country Club with even par 288. The Ospreys were paced by Joe Byun's 69 that topped the individual leaderboard, just ahead of teammate Kevin Phelan, who shot 71 and sits in a three-way tie for second.
Tennessee is tied with LSU and Central Florida -- all three only 10 strokes behind second-place Duke (294). Rounding out the top six were Furman (296), TCU (298), Georgia Southern (301) and Tulsa (303). SEC foes Alabama (307) and Florida (310) ended the opening day in 10th and 12th place, respectively.
Lawrence recorded all three of his birdies on par 5s, taking advantage at the fourth, eighth and 18th holes. He fought through three bogeys on each nine to better by three strokes his previous season opening-day score of 78.
Porteous made the most of his first call into the Vols lineup since last year's NCAA tournament action. Double bogeys at the first and ninth holes led to a front side of 40, but an eagle-3 at the 11th sparked his rebound. He capped his day with a birdie at No. 17 to join Lawrence in a tie for 18th place.
Wingardh birdied two holes on each nine, but was doomed by a triple bogey at the par-3 15th. Renwick managed to birdie the par-5 eighth but no more, and joined Wingardh in a tie for 39th place.
Tennessee begins Round 2 on Monday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, joining its seventh-place partners LSU and Central Florida in threesomes. The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions and highs reaching the mid-60s. Tuesday's outlook still calls for rain.
Live scoring is available at UTsports.com via Golfstat.com.
|1.||North Florida||288 (E)|
|5.||Georgia Southern||301 (+13)|
|t-7.||Central Florida||304 (+16)|
|t-10.||Coastal Carolina||307 (+19)|
|t-13.||North Carolina State||312 (+24)|
|1.||Joe, Byun, North Florida||69 (-3)|
|t-2.||Kevin Phelan, North Florida||71 (-1)|
|t-2.||Austin Reeves, Furman||71 (-1)|
|t-2.||Florian Sander, Georgia Southern||71 (-1)|
|5.||Four players tied||72 (E)|
|t-18.||Cameron Lawrence||75 (+3)|
|t-18.||Garrick Porteous||75 (+3)|
|t-39.||Darren Renwick||77 (+5)|
|t-39.||Robin Wingardh||77 (+5)|
|t-51.||David Holmes||78 (+6)|
|t-64.||*Justin Walker||80 (+8)|
|*Competing as individual.|