April 8, 2005
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. -- The Tennessee men's golf team battled a tough field and weather conditions to stand sixth at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate when play was suspended due to inclement weather. The final round of the tournament has been cancelled due to the weather, and the remaining holes from the second round will be played Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
The 10th-ranked Vols opened play with a first-round scorecard of 287 at Devils Ridge Country Club (par 72, 7,002 yards). UT had improved its standing in the second round and was 6-under-par as a team when play was called.
Leading the way for the Vols is senior Ross McGowan who currently stands tied for seventh and is looking for his third-consecutive top 10 finish. During the first round McGowan fired a 2-under-par 71. His round saw him bogey the six hole after opening on the fourth. He birdied the nine hole before a bogey at No. 12 to make the turn at 1-over-par. McGowan's final nine was mistake-free as he recorded three birdies to close out the round.
Currently standing in a tie for 14th are senior David Skinns and junior Lloyd Campbell. Skinns struggled to open play with a 75 during the first round. The round included two birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey. He stepped up his performance during the second round where he was 5-under-par before play was halted.
Campbell opened play with a first-round score of 69. He displayed a consistent effort throughout the round that included three birdies and no mistakes.
Standing fourth in Vol scoring is freshman Philip Pettitt who is in a tie for 51st. Pettitt's first round saw him recover from a 2-over-par start to end the round at even par with three birdies and bogeys each.
Rounding out the Tennessee contingent is senior John Scott Rattan who is in 80th. Rattan struggled during the opening round, firing an 80 that included two birdies, four bogeys and two double bogeys.
The team standings have No. 19 Wake Forest leading the tournament. The Demon Deacons fired a first-round score of 279. Standing second is No. 12 Duke after firing a 280 to open play. First-round leader and 15th-ranked Georgia Southern is third despite carding a 273 in the first round.
Aron Price of Georgia Southern controls the individual portion of the contest and stands 12-under-par heading into tomorrow's finale. He fired a first-round score of 64.
The Vols will close out the regular season on Saturday morning when they conclude the second round of play. A link to live scoring is available at www.UTsports.com.