WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Junior Lorenzo Scalise and redshirt freshman Nolan Ray fired rounds in the 60s on Tuesday and the Tennessee men's golf team came back from three strokes down to win the Kingsmill Intercollegiate at Kingsmill Resort.
Team Scores (Top Five)
- 1. Tennessee: 286-284-280--850 (+10)
- 2. Penn State: 283-284-284--851 (+11)
- 3. Eastern Kentucky: 304-274-279--857 (+17)
- 4. Louisville: 280-293-288--861 (+21)
- 5. Sam Houston State: 290-292-282--864 (+24)
Top Individual Scores
- T1. Cole Miller (Penn State): 70-69--70--209 (-1)
- T1. Ryan Domes (Penn State): 69-70-70--209 (-1)
- T1. Clark Robinson (Marshall): 71-66-72--209 (-1)
- 4. Nolan Ray (Tennessee): 70-71-69--210 (E)
- 5. Andrew Ertel (Sam Houston State): 69-73-69--211 (+1)
Tennessee Team Scores
- 1. Tennessee: 286-284-280--850 (+10)
- 4. Nolan Ray: 70-71-69--210 (E)
- T6. Lorenzo Scalise: 75-69-68--212 (+2)
- T13. Rhys Nevin: 69-76-71--216 (+6)
- T25. Jake Meenhorst: 72-73-73--218 (+8)
- T43. Hunter Wolcott: 79-71-72--222 (+12)
- T56. Brayden Garrison*: 75-78-72--225 (+15)
* Competing as an individual
The Vols shot an even-par 280 in Tuesday's final round to finish at 10-over 850 and edge Penn State (11-over 851) by one stroke for UT's second team title of the 2016-17 season and its first of the spring. On Nov. 1, Tennessee won the East Bay Deli Classic with a team score of 3-over 867.
Four of the five golfers on the Vols' five-man team are freshmen and each of those four freshmen had at least one round contribute to the team's total.
"We were very impressed with how everyone handled coming down the stretch in a tight contest," Tennessee men's golf head coach Jim Kelson said. "We made several birdies coming in on key holes. We can't say enough about the play of our freshman redshirt Nolan Ray. He has really improved his game tremendously and it is really super to see all his efforts pay off. But this was a true team effort with everyone playing a part.
"This may not have been our biggest win but it certainly was one of our most important wins. Now we need to shift our focus to Augusta. This will be a very important event for us. We can't afford a letdown. We just need to keep the same mentality we had this week and hopefully our confidence will just continue to grow heading into the SEC."
Tennessee's 280 was its best round since a second-round 265 at the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 16, 2015.
Ray took fourth place, marking the best finish of his three-tournament collegiate career, after shooting 1-under 69 in the final round to conclude play at even-par 210. He was one stroke back Penn State's Cole Miller and Ryan Dornes and Marshall's Clark Robinson, who tied for the individual title at 1-under. Ray logged birdies on the first, fifth, seventh, 14th, 15th and 16th holes.
"It was big for us," Ray said of the team victory. "I think we felt it coming last night. We had a meeting and just talked about some of the mistakes that other guys have made and we made sure that we learned from each other's mistakes. We went out there today with a positive attitude, a more serious attitude. We knew what we needed to do and we locked in and did it."
Scalise posted a 2-under 68 in the final round to finish tied for sixth place at 2-over 212. He posted birdies on the second, fifth, sixth, seventh, 15th and 16th holes. Scalise now has three top-10 finishes on the year.
"I thought Lorenzo Scalise played very well and his overall game is in very good shape," Kelson said.
Scalise improved with each round and was able to build off of the positive things he did in the first round to produce a 69 in the second round and a 68 in the third.
"I think these last two rounds I stayed a little bit more in the present, shot by shot and hole by hole," Scalise said. "I knew I was playing very well, so it had to finish this way. I was pretty confident and knew after that first round, just because of the numbers, I was going to shoot two good scores coming down the stretch."
Freshman Rhys Nevin tied for 13th at 6-over 216. He carded a 1-over 71 on Tuesday with a birdie on No. 12 and an eagle on No. 15.
Freshman Brayden Garrison, who competed as an individual, tied for 56th at 15-over 225. He played his best round on Tuesday with a 2-over 72 that featured three birdies.
In the third round, the Vols had an even-par 3.00 average on par 3s, a 4.18 average on par 4s and a tournament-best 4.20 (-8) average on par 5s.
Tennessee will next compete in the 3M Augusta Invitational from April 1-2 at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.