March 19, 2011
Tennessee on Saturday matched its score from Friday's first round but dropped two places in the team standings at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.
Ten of the 15 teams were under par for the day while Tennessee was settling for its second straight 1-over-par 289. Auburn scored the low round again, this time 275, and the Tigers' two-day total of 22-under 554 leads Florida (560) by six strokes heading into Sunday's finale. LSU (564), Virginia (565) and North Carolina State (570) all shot 278 or better Saturday to solidify the top five.
Tennessee is tied with Notre Dame for seventh place.
Danny Keddie shot 71 Saturday to shave 10 strokes off his Friday scorecard. It marked Keddie's best effort in nine rounds since opening 70-69 at last month's Battle at the Beach after the freshman joined the UT squad at the mid-semester break.
Darren Renwick shot 72, while Garrick Porteous and Jay Vandeventer added 73s to round out the Tennessee scoring. Robin Wingardh added a 75 as did Marshall Talkington, who is competing this week as an individual.
Wingardh Drops to 27th
Keddie opened with a front-side 34 aided by four birdies, including three consecutive after his double-bogey at the par-3 sixth. The freshman birdied No. 12 to go to 3 under for the day before playing his last six holes in 2 over par. Keddie improved 13 places to a tie for 67th at 8-over-par 152.
Renwick shot 72 for the second straight round, this time balancing a pair of birdies on the front nine with two bogeys on the back. The junior is tied for 27th place at even-par 144.
Porteous sandwiched birdies at the fifth and closing 18th holes around three bogeys for his 73. He is tied for 32nd place at 1-over-par 145.
Vandeventer recorded all three of his birdies on the front nine against a pair of bogeys on each side to shoot 73. The sophomore stands in a tie for 56th place at 5-over-par 149.
Wingardh carded a pair of birdies on each nine but his double-bogey at the par-3 sixth hole led to a front-side 39, and his 75 wasn't quite enough to help the Tennessee scoring. The senior captain is tied with Renwick for 27th place at even-par 144.
Talkington improved by six strokes over his Friday effort to a 75, which matched his collegiate low. The freshman, competing this week as an individual, recorded his first two birdies of the tournament at No. 11 and 5 and is tied for 80th place at 12-over-par 156.
Tennessee's final round begins Saturday at 8 a.m. Eastern time on the No. 1 tee alongside Notre Dame and Minnesota. Sunday's weather forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures, reaching only the mid-70s, under partly cloudy skies and winds reaching 14 mph.
Live scoring is available at UTSports.com, via Golfstat.com.
|5.||North Carolina State||292-278--570 (-6)|
|6.||North Florida||291-282--573 (-3)|
|T-7.||Notre Dame||291-287--578 (+2)|
|10.||Georgia Southern||297-285--582 (+6)|
|11.||North Carolina||292-292--584 (+8)|
|15.||Mississippi State||303-302--605 (+29)|
|1.||Bank Vongvanij, Florida||66-68--134 (-10)|
|2.||Niclas Carlsson, Auburn||69-67--136 (-8)|
|3.||Blayne Barber, Auburn||68-70--138 (-6)|
|T-4.||Phillip Choi, Florida||69-70--139 (-5)|
|T-4.||Austin Gutgsell, LSU||69-70--139 (-5)|
|T-4.||Ben Kohles, Virginia||70-69--139 (-5)|
|T-27.||Darren Renwick||72-72--144 (E)|
|T-27.||Robin Wingardh||69-75--144 (E)|
|T-32.||Garrick Porteous||72-73--145 (+1)|
|T-56.||Jay Vandeventer||76-73--149 (+5)|
|T-67.||Danny Keddie||81-71--152 (+8)|
|T-80.||Marshall Talkington *||81-75--156 (+12)|
|*Competing as individual.|