Ross McGowan putts for birdie on the 3rd hole.
March 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- The 21st-ranked Tennessee men's golf team claimed its third tournament title of the season by winning the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational with a scorecard of 284-279-289--852. The Vols' two-stroke victory over No. 10 Brigham Young marked the second time in program history a team has won three team championships in one season, with the other occurring in the 2001-02 season. The win also marks the Vols 32nd team championship in program history.
Senior Ross McGowan continued his stellar play at North Ranch Country Club (par 71, 6,742 yards) with a second-place finish and a scorecard of 69-67-72--208. Finishing second marks his highest finish while competing as a Vol. Despite recording a double-bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the sixth, McGowan recovered with two birdies on holes eight and 11, and finished the remaining seven holes at par.
|The Vols celebrate the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational title.|
Junior Lloyd Campbell finished the tournament tied for sixth to join McGowan as a top-10 finisher. For the tournament he had a 72-71-70--213. Campbell, who was the Vols' low scorer for the day, was even-par through the first three holes with a bogey on one and birdie on three. He went two-under par thanks to back-to-back birdies on six and seven. Following a bogey on nine, Campbell played mistake-free golf with nine-straight pars to conclude the tournament.
Finishing third in Vol scoring was senior David Skinns with a 69-72-77--218 to tie for 21st. Skinns struggled to find his rhythm for the round, as he recorded one birdie, five bogeys, and a double bogey.
Freshman Philip Pettitt tied for 28th with a three-day scorecard of 74-73-73--220. Pettitt did not get off on the right foot to open play as he recorded consecutive bogeys on the first two holes. He parred the next four holes and recorded a birdie on seven to go 1-over-par where he would enter the back nine. The back nine saw him go 1-over-par with two bogeys and a birdie.
Senior John Scott Rattan rounded out the Tennessee contingent in a tie for 35th. Rattan fired an 80-69-74--223. The front nine saw him fire even-par with two birdies and two bogeys. After opening play on the back nine with three bogeys he recorded a birdie on 16 and another bogey on 18 to finish play.
Finishing runner-up to the Vols was No. 10 BYU with a scorecard of 291-280-283--854. Tournament host and No. 8 Southern California finished third with a 287-280-294--861, while Georgia Southern (865) finished fourth and defending national champion California (870) finished fifth. The other Golfweek top 25 team competing was No. 20 Washington who finished in a tie for sixth with an 878.
Aron Price of Georgia Southern claimed the individual title with a scorecard of 69-64-70--203. Finishing third behind McGowan was James Lepp of Washington with a 208. Ron Harvey (211) of BYU and Michael Putnam (212) of Pepperdine rounded out the top individuals in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tennessee returns to action when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., for the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, March 19-20, hosted by Georgia Southern University.