Vols Need Strong Finish to Move Up John Hayt Leaderboard

March 1, 2010

Tennessee improved by seven strokes Monday over its first-day score but fell to 10th place in the standings after two rounds of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

North Florida (582), hosting this week's event at Sawgrass Country Club, retained the team lead by two strokes over Duke (584) and 11 better than Furman (593). The Ospreys continue to be led by individual pace-setter Joe Byun, who fired his second consecutive 69 to post a 6-under-par 138 through two rounds that is three strokes better than Furman's Austin Reeves (141).

The Vols shot 9-over-par 297 for a combined two-day score of 601, or 25 over par. UT trails TCU by one stroke, Alabama by three, LSU by four, and the trio of Central Florida, Tulsa and Georgia Southern by just five strokes in a tightly-bunched field behind the three leaders.

Darren Renwick shot 71 and Robin Wingardh 72 to pace the Vols individually. Garrick Porteous contributed his second consecutive 75 and David Holmes rounded out the UT scoring with a 79.

Renwick stood at 2 over par Monday after bogeys at the third and fourth holes. But the sophomore rallied in excellent fashion, playing his final 14 holes in 3 under par with birdies at Nos. 7, 14 and 18. Renwick improved 22 places to a tie for 17th at 4-over-par 148.

Wingardh also rebounded nicely from his opening-day 77 and a tough start to Monday's round. The junior was 3 over par through five holes before rallying with four birdies over an eight-hole stretch between Nos. 8-15. Wingardh improved his position 15 places to a tie for 24th at 5-over-par 149.

Porteous played the back nine Sunday in 1 under par and was headed for that result or better in Monday's round. The sophomore already had offset three front-side bogeys with birdies at Nos. 8, 11 and 14. But a double bogey at No. 16 and a bogey at the par-5 closing hole pushed his tally to a second straight 75 and two-day total of 6-over-par 150. Porteous is tied for 28th place.



Holmes faced tough sledding all day with triple bogeys at both the par-5 fourth and par-3 12th holes. The senior captain was 5 over for the back nine and would have had the same on the front side if not for birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 8. Holmes dropped to a tie for 66th place at 13-over-par 157.

UT's Cameron Lawrence shot an 80 and teammate Justin Walker, competing as an individual, came home in 78. Lawrence's highlight was his first eagle since last year's SEC Championship, a 3 on the 536-yard, par-5 eighth hole. The junior is tied for 56th place at 11-over-par 155. Walker played his second straight day without a birdie and is tied for 70th place at 14-over-par 158.

Tennessee begins the third and final round Tuesday at 9:21 a.m. Eastern time, starting on the 10th tee in pairings with Coastal Carolina and Florida. The latest weather forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms and highs in the upper 50s.

Live scoring is available at UTsports.com via Golfstat.com.

1. North Florida 288-294--582 (+6)
2. Duke 294-290--584 (+8)
3. Furman 296-297--593 (+17)
t-4. Central Florida 304-292--596 (+20)
t-4. Tulsa 303-293--596 (+20)
t-4. Georgia Southern 301-295--596 (+20)
7. LSU 304-293--597 (+21)
8. Alabama 307-291--598 (+22)
9. TCU 298-302--600 (+24)
10. TENNESSEE 304-297--601 (+25)
t-11. Coastal Carolina 307-296--603 (+27)
t-11. Florida 310-293--603 (+27)
13. North Carolina State 312-298--610 (+34)
14. UAB 313-298--611 (+35)
15. Mercer 312-312--624 (+48)
1. Joe Byun, North Florida 69-69--138 (-6)
2. Austin Reeves, Furman 71-70--141 (-3)
t-3. Sean Dale, North Florida 72-70--142 (-2)
t-3. Dan Obremski, Coastal Carolina 75-67--142 (-2)
t-3. Florian Sander, Georgia Southern 71-71--142 (-2)
t-17. Darren Renwick 77-71--148 (+4)
t-24. Robin Wingardh 77-72--149 (+5)
t-28. Garrick Porteous 75-75--150 (+6)
t-56. Cameron Lawrence 75-80--155 (+11)
t-66. David Holmes 78-79--157 (+13)
t-70. *Justin Walker 80-78--158 (+14)
*Competing as individual.


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