April 17, 2011
Tennessee and senior captain Robin Wingardh held on to capture a pair of third-place finishes Sunday at the SEC Men's Golf Championships in St. Simons Island, Ga.
It was UT's best showing at the league tournament since winning it all in 2007, and Wingardh continued his outstanding form with his fifth top-10 result in the last seven outings.
The Vols carded their best round of the weekend, a 3-over-par 283 that left the team at 16-over 856 for the three days at Sea Island Golf Club. Florida shot 281 for a total of 8-over 848 to capture the team championship for the first time since 2003. The Gators were six strokes clear of Alabama, which had Sunday's best round at 278 and leaped past Tennessee into second place at 14-over 854.
"We were very proud of our team's effort this week," UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "Robin had another super week and was right there at the end, challenging for the individual title."
Florida was paced by medalist Andres Echavarria (209), who won in a playoff over LSU's John Peterson and was one of three Gators in the top five.
Wingardh on a Roll
Wingardh shot his second 1-under-par 69 for the weekend and missed out on the playoff by one stroke, finishing at even-par 210. Teammate Danny Keddie shot 70 in his final round to finish in a tie for sixth place at 212, while UT's three other competitors tied for 25th place at 219. Garrick Porteous shot 71 and Jay Vandeventer 73 to close out the Sunday scoring for Tennessee, while Darren Renwick carded a 75.
Wingardh's only blemish for the day was a bogey at the par-4 16th hole. Otherwise, it was 15 pars to go with birdies at the second and 15th holes. The senior lowered his stroke average to 71.87 and now owns 15 rounds of par or better among his 30 rounds played this season.
Keddie's best round of the weekend saw the freshman shoot even-par 35 on both nines. Highlights were birdies at the eighth and then back to back at Nos. 15 and 16. Keddie now owns three top-10 finishes in his six tournaments played since joining the squad at mid-term.
"We were delighted for Danny as well," Kelson added. "Finishing three shots back of the medalist is a terrific achievement in his first conference tournament."
Porteous also turned in his best round of the weekend, a 1-over 71 effort that included birdies at the fourth, 12th and 15th holes. The tie for 25th place marked the junior's sixth straight top-30 showing.
Vandeventer played the Seaside Course at Sea Island in 73 strokes all three rounds, and each day his scorecard read 35 for the front and 38 for the back. Sunday, the Bristol sophomore birdied the fifth, seventh and 13th holes for his third-best finish of the season and best since placing 10th at February's Battle at the Beach.
Renwick played Sunday's front side in even-par 35 before suffering his worst nine (40) of the weekend on the back. The junior's two birdies came at Nos. 5 and 7. Renwick now owns five top-25s this season, including four in the six tournaments this spring.
Regionals Announced May 9
"Overall, we thought our team competed very well," Kelson said. "This event should give our players a great deal of confidence heading into the post-season."
Tennessee awaits word on an NCAA regional bid. The selection announcement takes place May 9 at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with the regionals set for May 19-21 at six locations: Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.; The Farms Golf Club in San Diego; Golden Ocala Golf Club in Ocala, Fla.; Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Ariz.; Pete Dye River Course in Blacksburg, Va.; and Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind.
The top five finishers at each regional advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship Finals, which take place May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
|10.||South Carolina||294-295-298--887 (+47)|
|11.||Mississippi State||299-310-293--902 (+62)|
|T-1.||Andres Echavarria, Florida||70-70-69--209 (-1)|
|T-1.||John Peterson, LSU||68-71-70--209 (-1)|
|T-3.||Robin Wingardh, TENNESSEE|| 69-72-69--210 (E) || T-3. || Phillip Choi, Florida || 69-71-70--210 (E) || 5. || Bank Vongvanij, Florida || 72-70-69--211 (+1) |
|T-3.||Robin Wingardh||69-72-69--210 (E)|
|T-6.||Danny Keddie||71-71-70--212 (+2)|
|T-25.||Garrick Porteous||74-74-71--219 (+9)|
|T-25.||Darren Renwick||73-71-75--219 (+9)|
|T-25.||Jay Vandeventer||73-73-73--219 (+9)|