March 13, 2011
Tennessee's best score of the season topped Sunday's second round and the Vols are tied for second with 18 holes to play at the Gen. Jim Hackler Championship in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
UT improved from 307 in the morning round to 287 in the afternoon, jumping from ninth to a second-place tie with host Coastal Carolina at 18-over-par 594. Virginia (583) leads by 11 strokes heading into Monday's final round at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. Auburn and Augusta State are tied at 597 to round out the top five.
Robin Wingardh again led the way for Tennessee. The senior captain was UT's low man in both rounds, shooting 74-70--144 to stand at even par and in a tie for sixth place. Wingardh trails 36-hole leader Kevin Hesbois (75-65--140) of Lamar by four strokes.
Jay Vandeventer and Darren Renwick scored in both rounds for Tennessee. Vandeventer shot 75-73--148 to pull into a tie for 15th, while Renwick carded 76-74--150 to join the group tied for 23rd. Garrick Porteous and Danny Keddie each shot 82 in the opening round before Porteous rallied for a 70 in the nightcap.
Wingardh was even par through his 15 holes in Sunday's opening round before finishing bogey-double-birdie. In the second round, the Morarp, Sweden, native was steady throughout, scoring 35 a side thanks to a pair of birdies against only one bogey on each nine. It was Wingardh's 10th round of par or better this season.
Vandeventer's solid afternoon ended on a sour note, a triple-bogey 7 at his next-to-last hole. Otherwise, the Bristol sophomore continued his fine play of late. Included in Sunday's opening round was an eagle-2, his second this season, at the par-4 10th hole. In eight rounds since the spring schedule began, Vandeventer six times has scored 75 or better.
Renwick carded just six pars in his opening round, balancing four birdies against six bogeys and a double. Things were smoother for the junior in the nightcap with two birdies, two bogeys and just the lone double at the par-3 17th hole. Renwick improved 10 places from the morning to the afternoon.
Porteous made the tournament's biggest leap between rounds, improving by 12 strokes and 44 places on the leaderboard to a tie for 31st.The junior parred his last three holes in the morning to keep his score at 82, and then rallied for 70 behind five birdies against just three bogeys to miss his season-low by a single stroke. The first-round number was Porteous' high for the year.
Keddie also shot 82 in the early round, thanks mainly to three double bogeys. Birdie at his finishing hole was his only red figure of that round. The freshman then parred 13 of his first 15 holes after lunch but was 5 over on the other two. He closed with two bogeys and a birdie to land at 78-160 in a tie for 75th place.
Marshall Talkington is competing this week as an individual and shot 78-75--153. The Jackson freshman improved to a tie for 33rd place after recording three birdies in his opening round and four over his second 18.
Teams are playing in foursomes for Monday's final round. Tennessee opens at the first hole alongside Virginia, Coastal Carolina and Augusta State, beginning at 8:50 a.m. Eastern time. Winds are expected to be brisk Monday along the Carolina coast, approaching 20 mph under partly cloudy skies and a high in the upper 60s.
Live scoring is available at UTSports.com, via Golfstat.com.
|T-2.||Coastal Carolina||295-299--594 (+18)|
|T-4.||Augusta State||304-293--597 (+21)|
|7.||East Carolina||294-305--599 (+23)|
|8.||East Tennessee State||309-291--600 (+24)|
|9.||North Florida||303-301--604 (+28)|
|10.||College of Charleston||309-298--607 (+31)|
|12.||USC Upstate||306-313--619 (+43)|
|13.||Wake Forest||307-315--622 (+46)|
|14.||Charleston Southern||311-317--628 (+52)|
|17.||Western Carolina||328-325--653 (+77)|
|1.||Kevin Hesbois, Lamar||75-65--140 (-4)|
|T-2.||Amory Davis, Virginia||69-73--142 (-2)|
|T-2.||Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina||71-71--142 (-2)|
|T-4.||Spencer Lawson, East Tennessee State||74-69--143 (-1)|
|T-4.||Henrik Norlander, Augusta State||74-69--143 (-1)|
|T-6.||Robin Wingardh||74-70--144 (E)|
|T-15.||Jay Vandeventer||75-73--148 (+4)|
|T-23.||Darren Renwick||76-74--150 (+6)|
|T-31.||Garrick Porteous||82-70--152 (+8)|
|T-33.||Marshall Talkington *||78-75--153 (+9)|
|T-67.||Danny Keddie||82-78--160 (+16)|
|*Competing as individual.|