March 21, 2009
Tennessee trails co-leaders South Carolina and Florida by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round of the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.
The Vols did enough to remain in contention, shooting a 5-over-par 293 Saturday that was six shots off their Friday pace of 287. Tennessee's two-day total of 580, or 4 over par, stands two shots clear of fourth-place North Carolina State and four ahead of both Kentucky and Georgia Southern.
"We had another good day," UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "Again it was pretty difficult conditions. We played pretty well and hung in there. We didn't actually strike the ball particularly well as a group, but we still managed to post some scores. That was nice to see."
Freshman Darren Renwick led the way for Tennessee on Saturday, matching his career best with a 2-under-par 70. The Worthing, England, product played even on the back nine thanks to a birdie at No. 18, then had three birdies over the first six holes of the front side before dropping a shot at the par-4 eighth.
Wingardh, who shared the lead heading into Saturday's round, dropped to a 75 that included consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 and a double bogey on the par-4 fourth. He rallied with a birdie at the par-3 sixth to remain within four shots of first place.
Paisley also made a late charge, carding birdies at the sixth and seventh holes to shoot a 1-over 73. The senior earlier birdied the par-4 14th to offset four bogeys and now has recorded scores of 73 or better over 10 of his last 11 rounds.
James Brannen and David Holmes each shot 3 over par. Brannen had four bogeys over his final 10 holes after playing the first eight in 1 under. The Clarksville junior stands 40th at 4 over par for the tournament and on pace for his best collegiate finish. Holmes closed his round at the par-5 ninth with a birdie, his second of the day, to post his second consecutive 75 and fall to a tie for 56th place at 6 over par.
South Carolina rallied to share the overall lead with an even-par 288, while Florida rode the play of individual co-leader Tim McKenney to a 1-under 287 that matched the second-lowest team score of the day. The Gamecocks and Gators stand at 3-under 579. North Carolina made the biggest move Saturday, shooting a 4-under 284 to jump from 16th to seventh.
Sunday's forecast at Forest Heights Country Club (6,962 yards) calls for sunny skies and a high of 75, with easterly winds at 9 mph. Live results of the final round are available on UTsports.com.
|1.||South Carolina||291-288--579 (+3)|
|4.||North Carolina State||295-287--582 (+6)|
|5.||Georgia Southern||291-293--584 (+8)|
|7.||North Carolina||302-284--586 (+10)|
|8.||North Florida||290-297--587 (+11)|
|14.||Augusta State||298-293--591 (+15)|
|15.||Georgia State||295-297--592 (+16)|
|18.||Notre Dame||311-298--609 (+33)|
|t-1.||Tim McKenney, Florida||72-68--140 (-4)|
|t-1.||Matt Hill, N.C. State||71-69--140 (-4)|
|t-1.||Taylor Floyd, Augusta State*||69-71--140 (-4)|
|4.||Sang Yi, LSU||69-72--141 (-3)|
|t-5.||Andy Winings, Kentucky||71-71--142 (-2)|
|t-5.||Logan Blondell, Ga. Southern||71-71--142 (-2)|
|t-5.||Darren Blair, N.C. State||70-72--142 (-2)|
|* Playing as individual.|
|t-11.||Darren Renwick||74-70--144 (E)|
|t-11.||Robin Wingardh||69-75--144 (E)|
|t-11.||Chris Paisley||71-73--144 (E)|
|t-40.||James Brannen||73-75--148 (+4)|
|t-56.||David Holmes||75-75--150 (+6)|