Vols Battling But Still 11th at SEC Golf Links

April 18, 2009

Tennessee improved its score by 13 strokes Saturday but remains in 11th place after two rounds at the SEC Golf Championships on St. Simons Island, Ga.

The Vols turned in better play across the board on Day 2, highlighted by Robin Wingardh's 1-under-par 71. But Saturday's effort was even more admirable considering the streak of food poisoning currently hampering the efforts of Darren Renwick and Chris Paisley.

"I'm really proud of those two because they could have just not played," head coach Jim Kelson said after Saturday's round. "They have been pretty sick, to be quite honest, but have hung in there and done well considering."

Renwick came down with his ailment Thursday night, and Paisley followed 24 hours later. Still, Renwick improved by three strokes Saturday to a 2-over 74, while Paisley fought to a 73.

None of that has been enough, however, to move the Vols toward the middle of the SEC pack through 36 holes at Frederica Golf Club (Par 72, 7,331 yards).

"The bottom line is we have just not played well as a team," Kelson said. "And if you don't play well in this league, you are going to be in trouble."

Wingardh weaved in and out of trouble all during his round. The sophomore matched three bogeys with three birdies over his first nine holes. Starting at No. 10, Wingardh bogeyed the 12th and 14th holes before taking advantage of the par-5 15th for second day in a row. Friday was an eagle, Saturday a birdie -- kick-starting a string of four birdies over a six-hole stretch. He played even par over his last seven holes and stands tied for 24th place at 4 over for the tournament.

Paisley carded 15 pars Saturday and is tied for 34th at 5 over. The senior's lone birdie came at No. 15, with bogeys at the par-4 16th and second holes.

David Holmes also stands at 5 over for the tourney after rallying for a 74. The junior's day began with bogeys at 11 and 12, followed by a double at 13. But birdies at Nos. 15, 18, 4 and 6 helped offset two more bogeys at the fifth and nine holes.

Renwick double bogeyed No. 11 before rallying with birdies at 15 and 18 for an even-par first nine holes. The freshman traded markers on the front-nine par fives -- at bogey at No. 4 for a birdie at No. 7 -- but weakened down the stretch with bogeys on his final two holes. He settled at 7 over par and is in a tie for 42nd place.

Cameron Lawrence matched for the fourth-best score improvement of the 60-player field from Friday to Saturday. The sophomore posted a 76 after an opening 83 and is 15 over par. A double bogey at No. 13 and three additional bogeys were all but forgotten by his eagle-3 at No. 18 -- four shots to the good of Friday's 7. The second nine saw bogeys at Nos. 5 and 7 and a birdie at the par-3 eighth.

Georgia (563) remains atop the team leaderboard at 13 under par, 10 strokes clear of second-place Arkansas (573) and 14 ahead of third-place Florida (577). Individually, Florida's Billy Horschel leapfrogged Kentucky's Jordan Blann with a 5-under 67 that pushed the Gators senior two strokes in front.

Sunday's final round should be played in sunny conditions, with forecast highs in the mid-70s and winds increasing slightly to 14 mph. Live results are available again via UTsports.com.

1. Georgia 282-281--563 (-13)
2. Arkansas 290-283--573 (-3)
3. Florida 292-285--577 (+1)
4. South Carolina 293-286--579 (+3)
5. Kentucky 297-285--582 (+6)
6. Mississippi State 293-290--583 (+7)
7. Vanderbilt 292-293--585 (+9)
8. Mississippi 296-290--586 (+10)
9. Alabama 308-284--592 (+16)
10. LSU 301-294--595 (+19)
11. TENNESSEE 305-292--597 (+21)
12. Auburn 301-300--601 (+25)
1. Billy Horschel, Florida 68-67--135 (-9)
2. Jordan Blann, Kentucky 67-70--137 (-7)
t-3. David Lingmerth, Arkansas 70-69--139 (-5)
t-3. Carlos Sainz, Mississippi 71-68--139 (-5)
5. Hudson Swafford, Georgia 71-69--140 (-4)
t-24. Robin Wingardh 77-71--148 (+4)
t-34. David Holmes 75-74--149 (+5)
t-34. Chris Paisley 76-73--149 (+5)
t-42. Darren Renwick 77-74--151 (+7)
59. Cameron Lawrence 83-76--159 (+15)





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