March 24, 2014
Palm City, Fla. -- Playing against some of the nation's toughest competition, the Tennessee men's golf team is right in the mix after 36-holes at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational.
On Monday, the Vols did battle with 12 nationally ranked teams, included eight in the top-25.
Through a complete team effort, UT is tied for eighth place after carding a two round total of 562 (-6) at the Floridian Golf Club.
"We want to thank the best strength coach in the country," VanDamme tweeted. "Our guys played the last nine holes of 36 with 12 birdies and an eagle."
Indeed, the Volunteers performed their best at the end of a grueling 10 hour day that consisted of 36-holes of golf, rain and over 14 miles of walking.
Having found resurgence in his game, senior Danny Keddie led the Volunteers with a 36-hole total of 141 (-1). The Englishman carded an eagle in each of his two rounds as well as seven total birdies.
"I got off to a terrible start this morning when I was five over par," Keddie said. "Then I made an eagle on the drivable No. 6 and went on a run to get to one under par. I played solid this afternoon and made another eagle on No. 13 to get to get me back to even par."
Playing in only his second tournament of the season, Michael Nagy kept stride by shooting a 141 (-1) as well. The sophomore from Manistique, Mich., is tied for 22nd after dropping in eight total birdies over two rounds.
"It was a solid day," Nagy said. "I just kept grinding out there. Playing 36 holes in a day with on and off rain, I just tried to play steady golf. I made a few mistakes but I was able to recover with some birdies."
Hot on the UT leaders heels, Oliver Goss, Brandon Rodgers and Jack Smith all sit one stroke behind, tied for 32nd place. The trio each carded a 36-total of 142 (E) with Goss tallying ten birdies and one eagle. Rodgers sank seven birdies including back-to-back birdies on his last two holes to finish at even par. Smith added eight birdies included five on his last round of 69 (-2), the lowest round of his collegiate career.
"I like how everyone on the team is playing right now," Keddie said. "We are expecting some low numbers tomorrow."
On Tuesday, Tennessee will look to continue the grind when its final tee time begins at 9:42 a.m. (ET).
View the full leaderboard on Golfstat.com.
Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Through Two Rounds)|
|T-1.||Oklahoma State||273-281--554 (-14)|
|T-1.||Georgia Tech||274-280--554 (-14)|
|T-6.||Florida State||282-279--561 (-7)|
|T-8.||Texas A&M||277-285--562 (-6)|
|10.||South Florida||285-280--565 (-3)|
|12.||Kent State||283-285--568 (E)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Through Two Rounds)|
|1.||Jack Maguire, Florida State||65-66--131 (-11)|
|2.||Stewart Jolly, LSU||66-67--133 (-9)|
|3.||Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech||67-67--134 (-8)|
|UT SCORES (Through Two Rounds)|
|T-22.||Danny Keddie||70-71--141 (-1)|
|T-22.||Mike Nagy||70-71--141 (-1)|
|T-32.||Oliver Goss||69-71--142 (E)|
|T-32.||Brandon Rodgers||71-71--142 (E)|
|T-32.||Jack Smith||73-69--142 (E)|