Vols Split Match Play Pair
Jay Vandeventer

March 18, 2012

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Tennessee pulled off the opening round's biggest upset but then couldn't sustain a late rally against powerful California on Sunday at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.

The 10th-seeded Vols beat seventh-seed Liberty 3-2 in the morning round to advance to the winners' bracket quarterfinals at The Concessions Club in Bradenton, Fla. Jay Vandeventer, Rick Lamb and Marshall Talkington picked up Tennessee wins, including Vandeventer's clutch 1 up margin that sealed the victory. Tennessee and East Carolina were the only lower-seeded teams to win in the opening round.

In the afternoon, fifth-ranked and second-seeded California proved too tough in claiming a 4-0-1 decision over the Vols. Vandeventer claimed UT's only half point, while Lamb and Brandon Rodgers battled to close losses.

Tennessee moves into the fifth-place bracket and faces sixth-seeded Indiana in a Monday match. Fourth-seeded Oklahoma State and ninth-seeded East Carolina are in the same bracket and those four squads will decide the fifth- through eighth-place finishers during Tuesday's final round.

Vols 3, Liberty 2
Vandeventer won the closest match of the morning round, holding on for a 1 up victory. Lamb and Talkington both grabbed comfortable 4 and 3 wins to offset Tennessee losses by Garrick Porteous (3 and 1) and Brandon Rodgers (4 and 3).

Vandeventer started his match on the No. 10 hole and jumped to a 2 up lead after just three holes against Liberty's Ian McConnell. The Vols junior then lost three of the next four holes and was 1 down at the midway point.

But wins at the second, fifth, sixth and seventh holes boosted Vandeventer to a dormie 2 up lead with two to play, and he held on from there. Vandeventer won six holes in his match to McConnells' five.

Lamb began play on the 12th hole and had to rally from an early 2-down deficit after just five holes. The Tennessee junior began his comeback against Liberty's Max McKay with consecutive wins at the par 4 18th and first holes, and he never trailed again.

Lamb then put the match away by winning four out of a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8. The lefthander won seven holes to McKay's three.

Impressive Return
Out of the Tennessee lineup since fall, Talkington made his return in a big way by jumping to a 3 up lead in his first three holes. The UT sophomore maintained no less than a 2 up lead - and that for only one hole - against Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom the rest of the way.

Talkington led by 4 up at the midway point and won seven holes in his match to Lindstrom's three.

Porteous and Rodgers played even matches against their Liberty opponents until the very end. In both matches, there was a stretch of seven consecutive halved holes.

Porteous started play at No. 10 and won No. 17 to pull within 1 down. He and Liberty's Robert Karlsson then halved the next seven holes before Karlsson claimed back-to-back wins at the seventh and eighth holes for the 3 and 1 victory.

Rodgers began at No. 11 and was all square through three played against Liberty's Chase Marinell. The two golfers halved the next seven holes before Marinell won four in a five-hole stretch for the 4 and 3 victory.

California 4½, Vols ½
In the afternoon rounds, Vandeventer halved his match against California's Michael Kim to secure Tennessee's only scoring against the fifth-ranked Golden Bears.

Rodgers lost 2 and 1 and Lamb dropped a 2 down decision after both UT golfers had rallied from early deficits. Talkington lost his match 4 and 3 and Porteous dropped a 5 and 4 result to close out the lineup.

Vandeventer and Kim each won five holes, with Vandeventer holding the largest lead at 2 up through 12 holes played. Kim rallied to capture three of the last six holes, including a birdie at the par-4 ninth for the deciding half-point.

Rodgers was 2 down after just three holes against California's Joel Stalter, but bounced right back to square the match through five. The pair matched scores over next six holes before Rodgers went on top with a birdie-2 at the par-3 fourth hole.

But Stalter claimed wins on three of the next five holes for the 2 and 1 decision. Rodgers finished with wins on three holes to Stalter's five.

Couldn't Get Even
Lamb found himself 2 down through four holes and 3 down through seven holes against Cal's Brandon Hagy. The UT junior closed the gap to 1 down with consecutive wins at their 11th and 12th holes played, but Lamb never could level the match.

After five straight halved holes pushed Hagy to a dormie 1 up lead, the Californian closed things out with a win at the last for his 2 up decision. Lamb finished with three holes won.

Talkington and Cal's Keelan Kirkpatrick matched scores on only one of their 15 holes played. Kirkpatrick jumped to a 5 up lead in the first five holes and still led by five through 12 holes played.

Talkington won two straight to pull within three, but Kirkpatrick closed out the match by claiming his ninth different hole at the par-4 ninth for his 4 and 3 win. Talkington finished with five holes won.

Porteous was 2 down to California's Max Homa after two holes and could do no better than trade holes over most of the first nine. Porteous won just two holes for this match and was 3 down through nine.

Homa closed out his 5 and 4 victory with consecutive wins at Nos. 4 and 5.

First-Round Results
No. 1 Arkansas d. No. 16 Washington State, 3-2
No. 9 East Carolina d. No. 8 Iowa, 2½-2½*
No. 4. Oklahoma State d. No. 13 Colorado State, 3½-1½
No. 5 Chattanooga d. No. 12 South Florida, 4-1
No. 3 Duke d. No. 14 Arizona State, 3½-1½
No. 6 Indiana d. No. 11 Kennesaw State, 3½-1½
No. 10 TENNESSEE d. No. 7 Liberty, 3-2
No. 2 California d. No. 15 UNC Wilmington, 3-2

Championship Bracket
No. 1 Arkansas d. No. 9 East Carolina, 4-1
No. 5 Chattanooga d. No. 4 Oklahoma State, 2½-2½*
No. 3 Duke d. No. 6 Indiana, 4-1
No. 2 California d. No. 10 TENNESSEE, 4½-½

Consolation Bracket
No. 8 Iowa d. No. 16 Washington State, 3-2
No. 13 Colorado State d. No. 12 South Florida, 4-1
No. 14 Arizona State d. No. 11 Kennesaw State, 3-2
No. 7 Liberty d. No. 15 UNC Wilmington, 3-2

*Won on tiebreaker.

VOLS 3, Liberty 2
Match 1 Robert Karlsson, Liberty d. Garrick Porteous, TENNESSEE 3 and 1
Match 2 Jay Vandeventer, TENNESSEE d. Ian McConnell, Liberty 1 up
Match 3 Chase Marinell, Liberty d. Brandon Rodgers, TENNESSEE 4 and 3
Match 4 Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE d. Max McKay, Liberty 4 and 3
March 5 Marshall Talkington, TENN. d. Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty 4 and 3
California 4½, VOLS ½
Match 1 Max Homa, California d. Garrick Porteous, TENNESSEE 5 and 4
Match 2 Jay Vandeventer, TENNESSEE vs. Ian McConnell, Liberty Halved
Match 3 Joel Stalter, California d. Brandon Rodgers, TENNESSEE 2 and 1
Match 4 Brandon Hagy, California d. Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE 2 up
March 5 Keelan Kirkpatrick, California d. Marshall Talkington, TENN. 4 and 3

Monday's Schedule
Championship Bracket
No. 1 Arkansas vs. No. 5 Chattanooga
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 2 California

Fifth-Place Bracket
No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 East Carolina
No. 10 TENNESSEE vs. No. 6 Indiana

Ninth-Place Bracket
No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 13 Colorado State
No. 7 Liberty vs. No. 14 Arizona State

13th-Place Bracket
No. 12 South Florida vs. No. 16 Washington State
No. 13 Kennesaw State vs. No. 15 UNC Wilmington





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