Vols Claim Top Honors at Cleveland Golf / Augusta State Invitational

April 7, 2002

AUGUSTA, Ga.-- The Tennessee men's golf team claimed its third team title of the season at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational with a three-round scorecard of 283-272-286--841 (23-under par). Freshman David Skinns also was top medalist with a 66-67-70--203 (13-under par).

Skinns won the individual portion of the tournament in a playoff over Gregg Jones of Clemson. This was his highest finish as a Vol and his sixth top 10 finish. This marks the first individual title for a Vol since Andrew Black won the Alabama Spring Invitational in 1999 as a freshman. Black, now a senior, finished tied for sixth with a 72-66-69--207 (nine-under par). This was Black's second top 10 finish of the season. Other Vol scores include junior Andrew Pratt (26th-t) with a 215, freshman Ross McGowan (35th-t) with a 217 and junior Ian Parnaby (47th-t) with a 219.

Finishing in second to the eighth-ranked Vols was third-ranked Wake Forest, who shot a 281-279-286--846. No. 2 ranked Clemson (849), No. 23 ranked N.C. State (851) and No. 4 ranked Florida (851) rounded out the top five teams. Other teams from the Golfweek top 25 that competed include No. 17 Virginia Tech finishing in sixth with an 853, No. 16 Augusta State finishing in seventh with an 855 and No. 14 Georgia finishing in 12th with an 863.

Finishing third behind Skinns and Jones was Camilo Villegas of Florida and Johnson Wagner of Virginia Tech. Both players turned in scores of 205. Graeme McDowell of UAB finished fifth with a 206, while there was a three-way tie for sixth.

UT's third title of the season marks the first time in the history of Tennessee golf that a team has one three titles in the same season. The Vols claimed the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions and the Rice Intercollegiate earlier this season.

Tennessee will next compete in the Southeastern Conference Championships from April 19-21. For the second year in a row, the tournament will be played at The Seaside Course at Sea Island, Ga. Last year the Vols finished sixth with a 289-292-298--879.

1. TENNESSEE 283-272-286--841
2. Wake Forest 281-279-286--846
3. Clemson 289-278-282--849
4. N.C. State 290-277-284--851
Florida 287-280-284--851
6. Virginia Tech 287-286-280--853
7. Augusta State 283-289-283--855
8. Duke 290-282-284--856
9. South Carolina 289-287-283--859
10. North Florida 287-284-291--862
? UAB 288-288-286--862
12. Georgia 292-283-288--863
13. Georgia Southern 293-287-290--870
14. North Carolina 289-286-297--872
? S.C.-Aiken 289-291-292--872
16. LSU 287-291-298--876
17. Coll. of Charleston 293-290-294--877
18. Tulsa 297-290-294--881
*1. David Skinns, Tennessee 66-67-70--203
2. Gregg Jones, Clemson 69-68-66--203
3. Camilo Villegas, Florida 68-69-68--205
Johnson Wagner, Virginia Tech 72-67-66--205
5. Graeme McDowell, UAB 68-71-67--206
6. Andrew Black, Tennessee 72-66-69--207
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 69-70-68--207
Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 69-68-70--207
1st David Skinns 66-67-70--203
6th-t Andrew Black 72-66-69--207
26th-t Andrew Pratt 74-70-71--215
35th-t Ross McGowan 71-70-76--217
47th-t Ian Parnaby 74-69-76--219
* Denotes playoff winner






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