March 31, 2012
Tennessee's best round in 2½ years lifted the Vols into fifth place through 36 holes at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational in Georgia.
The Vols rode a low-scoring wave in Saturday's second round at Forest Hills Golf Club, carding an 11-under-par 277 to improve to 8-under 568 with 18 holes remaining. The second-round total was Tennessee's best team score since a final-round 274 capped the program's first Carpet Capital Collegiate championship in September 2009.
All five Tennessee golfers found red figures for the second 18 holes, led by Garrick Porteous' 68 and Jay Vandeventer's 69. Danny Keddie finished eagle-birdie to shoot 70, Rick Lamb birdied three of his last five holes for 70 and Darren Renwick also recorded an eagle en route to his 71.
In Saturday's second round, 15 of the tournament's 16 teams shot under par.
UT trails fourth-place TCU (566) by two strokes and third-place Illinois (564) by four. Top-ranked Texas and two-time defending national champion Augusta State are tied for the team lead at 17-under-par 559. The Vols entered the weekend ranked 52nd by Golfstat.com, and are one of just five teams in the Augusta field not ranked among the top 50.
Vandeventer maintained a tie for fifth place after each of the first two rounds and stands at 5-under 139. Porteous jumped 17 positions thanks to his afternoon flurry and is tied for 15th at 3-under 141. Keddie and Lamb are tied for 32nd at even-par 144, while Renwick is tied for 52nd at 3-over 147.
Vandeventer's 69-70 lowered his spring scoring average to a team-leading 72.82. The junior also leads with 10 rounds of par or better, and seven of those have come since Christmas. Vandeventer register five birdies in the Saturday's first round, four in the second.
Porteous opened with 73, but then climbed 17 places on the leaderboard thanks to his bogey-free 68 in the afternoon. The Vols captain has counted toward the team score in 22 of 23 rounds played this season.
Keddie and Lamb both shot 74-70. Keddie's two rounds were his best of the spring and much more in line with how the sophomore played during Tennessee's four fall tournaments when he led the team in scoring average. He had seven birdies for the day and his second eagle of the season.
Lamb's second-round result was his low total since transferring to Tennessee from Santa Clara last summer. The junior lefthander finished with eight birdies over the 36 holes.
Renwick also had a low round for the season with his 71 in Saturday's nightcap. The senior from Worthing, England, made his first lineup appearance of the spring and opened with 76.
Sunday's final round for Tennessee begins at 8:30 a.m. on the No. 1 tee, with the Vols playing alongside three teams positioned right behind them in the team standings: South Carolina (569), Coastal Carolina (571) and Oklahoma State (574).
The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 85, with winds from 5-10 mph.
Live scoring is available via Golfstat.com.
|T-1.||Augusta State||283-276--559 (-17)|
|6.||South Carolina||284-285--569 (-7)|
|7.||Coastal Carolina||287-284--571 (-5)|
|8.||Oklahoma State||290-284--574 (-2)|
|10.||Virginia Tech||293-284--577 (+1)|
|T-14.||Georgia State||292-290--582 (+6)|
|16.||USC Aiken||298-287--585 (+9)|
|1.||Julien Brun, TCU||68-65--133 (-11)|
|2.||Taylor Floyd, Augusta State||67-67--134 (-10)|
|3.||Dylan Frittelli, Texas||68-67--135 (-9)|
|4.||Thomas Pieters, Illinois||72-66--138 (-6)|
|T-5.||Jay Vandeventer, TENNESSEE||70-69--139 (-5)|
|T-5.||Brendan Gillins, Augusta State||70-69--139 (-5)|
|T-5.||Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State||71-68--139 (-5)|
|T-5.||Mason Jacobs, Illinois||72-67--139 (-5)|
|T-5.||Jay Vandeventer||70-69--139 (-5)|
|T-15.||Garrick Porteous||73-68--141 (-3)|
|T-32.||Danny Keddie||74-70--144 (E)|
|T-32.||Rick Lamb||74-70--144 (E)|
|T-52.||Darren Renwick||76-71--147 (+3)|