March 1, 2011
Robin Wingardh captured his second top-10 result in the last three events and Tennessee held on Tuesday for a fifth-place showing at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.
The Vols closed with a team score of 10-over-par 298 to settle at 18-over 882 for the 54 holes at Sawgrass Country Club. Wingardh shot 1-over-par 73 to finish just one stroke outside the top five with a final score of 1-under-par 215. Garrick Porteous (73), Darren Renwick (76) and Danny Keddie (76) also scored for the Vols.
The field's six SEC teams all finished among the top seven, led by Arkansas (867) after the Razorbacks combined for a 5-under-par 283 on the final day. Auburn (869) was second, followed by LSU (871) and Central Florida (879) ahead of the Vols. Florida and Mississippi tied for sixth place at 885.
Wingardh birdied the seventh, eighth and 11th holes along with the closing 18th, helping offset five bogeys during another blustery round in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. In addition to Tuesday's result, UT's senior captain placed second during his most recent visit to Florida at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in October.
Wingardh now owns five top-20 finishes in six tournaments this season and leads the Vols with a stroke average of 71.94.
Porteous improved eight places to 28th thanks to his round of 73. The junior carded three of his four birdies on the front nine and was 3 under par before a bogey at the ninth. Porteous bogeyed four more times coming home against just one birdie at the par-4 14th and finished at 7-over-par 223.
Renwick closed on a bright note with a birdie at No. 18. The junior fought through four bogeys and a double against just one additional birdie to finish the tournament at 6-over-par 222. The tie for 21st place is Renwick's second-best finish of the season.
Keddie bogeyed the 18th hole to just miss carding his third straight 75. The freshman scored birdies at the par-3 sixth, par-5 11th and par-4 16th but had five bogeys and a double to finish in a tie for 41st place at 10-over 226.
Vandeventer improved by four strokes over his Monday round and it could have been more if not for bogeys on three of his last four holes. The Bristol sophomore closed the tournament in a tie for 54th at 14-over-par 230.
Brandon Rodgers, competing in this event as an individual, shot 87 to finish in a tie for 78th place at 26-over 242.
The Vols return to action March 13-14 at the Gen. Jim Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., beginning a stretch of three tournaments in four weekends leading into the SEC Championship. Other upcoming events are the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational on March 18-20 in Statesboro, Ga., and the Administaff ASU Invitational on April 2-3 in Augusta, Ga.
This year's SEC Championship is April 15-17 at St. Simons Island, Ga.
|4.||Central Florida||289-297-293--879 (+15)|
|10.||Coastal Carolina||287-310-298--895 (+31)|
|12.||North Florida||292-309-303--904 (+40)|
|13.||Georgia Southern||292-311-307--910 (+46)|
|1.||Phillip Choi, Florida||68-71-70--209 (-7)|
|T-2.||Blayne Barber, Auburn||68-71-73--212 (-4)|
|T-2.||Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas||69-70-73--212 (-4)|
|4.||Michael Hebert, Auburn||69-73-71--213 (-3)|
|5.||Jonathan Randolph, Mississippi||73-69-72--214 (-2)|
|T-6.||Robin Wingardh||68-74-73--215 (-1)|
|T-21.||Darren Renwick||76-70-76--222 (+6)|
|T-28.||Garrick Porteous||74-76-73--223 (+7)|
|T-41.||Danny Keddie||75-75-76--226 (+10)|
|T-54.||Jay Vandeventer||72-81-77--230 (+14)|
|T-78.||Brandon Rodgers *||73-82-87--242 (+26)|
|*Competed as individual.|