March 22, 2003
STATESBORO, Ga.--The Tennessee men's golf team is tied for ninth after the first day of play at the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational, which is being played at Forest Heights Country Club. The Vols fired a 290-296--586 to tie them with 4th-ranked Augusta State.
Leading the way for the 25th-ranked Vols is sophomore stand-out David Skinns. Skinns, ranked 36th in the nation by Golfweek, turned in a scorecard of 71-71--142 to tie him for seventh. Senior Andrew Pratt is second in Vol scoring with a 73-72--145, trying him for 25th. Senior Ian Parnaby stands three strokes back of Pratt at 41st-t with a 72-76--148. Rounding out the UT scoring are sophomores Ross McGowan (59th-t) with a 74-77--151 and Brandon Skeen (73rd) with a 79-81--160.
Leading the tournament is top-ranked Clemson. The Tigers turned in a 281-286--567 to lead the tournament by two strokes over No. 6 Wake Forest (285-284--569). Auburn, ranked third nationally, is in third place with a 571, while No. 9 Florida and No. 19 North Carolina State are tied for fourth with scores of 575. Other teams who are ranked in the Golfweek Top 25 that are competing include No. 18 Georgia (576) in sixth, No. 8 North Carolina (581) in eighth and No. 16 Duke (580) in 11th.
Will Claxton of Auburn is the individual leader. Claxton fired a 67-71--138 to lead by one stroke over Jack Ferguson (139) of Clemson and Stuart Moore (139) of Auburn.
The Vols will be in action again Sunday with the final round of the tournament.