April 15, 2005
SEA ISLAND, Ga.--Led by freshman Philip Pettitt's 71, the 16th-ranked Tennessee golf team stands tied for fifth after the first round of play at the 2005 SEC Golf Championships. As a team, the Vols fired a 298. The tournament is once again being held at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course (par 70, 7,005 yards).
Pettitt opened his first conference tournament with consecutive pars before a bogey on the third hole. After three more pars he would record birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to go 1-under-par. From there he would play mistake-free golf for the next seven holes before two bogeys on 16 and 17, taking him to 1-over-par for the round.
Senior David Skinns was next for the Big Orange in a tie for eighth with a score of 72. After opening with a birdie on the second hole he would par the next four holes before bogeys on seven and nine. After making the turn at 1-over-par he regrouped with eight-straight pars before slipping with a bogey on 18 to close out the round.
Standing third in Vol scoring in a tie for 16th is Ross McGowan with a 74. McGowan struggled to open the round with a 5-over-par 35 on the front nine. The back nine saw him minimize his mistakes with two birdies on 11 and 17 and a bogey on 16.
Rounding out the Vol contingent are junior Lloyd Campbell and freshman Charlie Ford. Campbell and Ford both turned in scores of 81 to tie for 50th.
Leading the tournament is No. 18 Kentucky, who fired a 290. Standing second is No. 6 Florida with a 294, while No. 23 Alabama is third after firing a 295. No. 7 Auburn (296) is fourth, while the Vols and No. 20 South Carolina round out the top five in a tie for fifth at 298. The second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs round out the top 25 SEC teams in seventh with a 302.
The individual leader is Georgia's Richard Scott with a 68. Kentucky's John Holmes and Matt Wells are in second and third, respectively. Holmes carded a 69, while Wells fired an even-par 70.
Second round action continues Saturday, followed by the final round on Sunday. A link to live scoring is available at www.UTsports.com.
|Place||Individual Leaders||To Par||Rounds
|1||Richard Scott, Georgia||-2||68||68|
|2||John Holmes, Kentucky||-1||69||69|
|3||Matt Wells, Kentucky||E||70||70|
|T4||Philip Pettitt, Tennessee||+1||71||71|
|T4||Matt Every, Florida||+1||71||71|
|T4||Mark Harrell, Alabama||+1||71||71|
|T4||Gator Todd, Alabama||+1||71||71|
|Place||Tennessee Individuals||To Par||Rounds