March 19, 2005
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The 13th-ranked Tennessee men's golf team fired a 290-288--578 to lead the Schenkel/E-Z-Go Invitational, being played at Forest Heights Country Club (par 72, 6,945 yards). The Vols, who are in search of their fourth title of the season, were led by senior Ross McGowan who fired a 73-69--142 to stand tied for second.
McGowan opened the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 that included three birdies and two double bogeys. The second round saw him improve his score by four shots with a 69. He opened the round with a bogey on six, but quickly recovered with an eagle and birdie on holes seven and eight, respectively. Following a bogey on 13, he recorded another birdie. McGowan's final five holes saw him birdie Nos. 1 and 3 with a bogey on two.
Fellow senior David Skinns joins McGowan in the top ten, tied for ninth. Skinns turned in an even-par performance of 72-72--144. His opening round saw him start up and down with three birdies and three bogeys over the first nine holes. The second nine saw him display consistency with nine pars. The second round saw him match the opening with four birdies and four bogeys to finish the day even.
Next for the Vols is freshman Philip Pettitt in a tie for 12th with a 72-73--145. Pettitt's opening round saw him record four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. The second round did not open well, with consecutive bogeys, but he improved his score with a birdie on 12 to finish the round 1-over-par.
Junior Lloyd Campbell was fourth in Vol scoring with a 73-74--147, tying him for 21st. The opening round saw him get off to a good start with a birdie on the sixth hole, but returned to even-par with a bogey on 10. Following a birdie on 13 he recorded back-to-back bogeys on 15 and 16 where he would finish at one-over par. Campbell's second round saw him record three birdies and five bogeys to finish two-over par.
Rounding out the Vol contingent is freshman Charlie Ford with a 76-77--153, tying him for 55th-place. Despite four bogeys for the round he displayed consistency with 12 consecutive pars to close the round. His final round saw him slip with a 77 that included three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey.
Standing second to UT is SEC rival and 12th-ranked Auburn with a 291-288--579. There is a tie for third between No. 18 South Carolina and No. 17 Duke with scores of 582. Other Golfweek top 25 teams competing include No. 22 Georgia Southern (586) in sixth, No. 16 Augusta State (593) in seventh, No. 7 Florida (594) and No. 3 Georgia (594) in a tie for eighth and No. 8 Southern California (599) and No. 19 Clemson (599) in a tie for 11th.
Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie leads the individual portion of the tournament with a 72-68--140. There is a four-way tie for second that includes McGowan with scores of 142.
The Vols conclude play Sunday with the final round. A link to live scoring is available at www.UTsports.com.
|14.||North Carolina State||307-303--610|
|1.||Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota||72-68--140|
|2.||Ross McGowan, Tennessee||73-69--142|
|Alex Hamilton, South Carolina||74-68--142|
|Jon David Kennedy, Georgia Southern||69-73--142|
|Patton Kizzire, Auburn||72-70--142|