April 16, 2004
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - Tennessee ended the first day of play at the 2004 SEC Golf Championships tied for fourth place with a three-over-par 283. The Vols are tied with defending SEC Champion and top-ranked Florida after 18 holes of the 54-hole event. The tournament is being played at the Seaside Course (par 70, 6,898 yards).
Tennessee's John Scott Rattan led the Vols with a 2-under 68, ending the day in a tie for fourth place on the individual leaderboard.
Ross Cox, a freshman competing in his first postseason event, displayed consistency, firing an even-par 70 to enter the second round tied for 10th.
Freshman Tino Weiss rounds out the Tennessee scoring with a 78, tying him for 48th.
Fourth-ranked Georgia leads the tournament. The Bulldogs were the only team to go under par for the day, firing an 11-under-par 269 to lead Alabama (280) by 11 strokes. Auburn stands third with a 281, one stroke ahead of Tennessee and Florida who are tied for fourth place.
Clint Provost of Alabama leads the individual portion of the tournament with a 5-under-par 65. David Denham and Brendon Todd, both of Georgia, stand one stroke back of Provost in a tie for third with scores of 66 to round out the top individuals.
The Vols return to action Saturday with the second round of play.