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Vols Fall Behind Early at SEC Tourney
Oliver Goss at UT's Practice Round

Oliver Goss at UT's Practice Round

April 19, 2013


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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- On Friday, the Tennessee men's golf team did not come out of the gate as planned. After one round of play at the SEC Championship, the Vols currently sit in 13th place.

Tennessee battled a tricky course throughout the day to ultimately finish with a 299 (+19).

The Vols were once again led by freshman sensation Oliver Goss. The Australian import has finished atop the UT team standings each of the Vols' last four contests. Through the first round at the SEC Championship, Goss currently sits tied for 23rd after carding a 72 (+2). Goss was playing excellent golf until he hit a triple bogey on the 10th hole.

"The course played quite difficult today, and as a result, the team struggled," Goss said. "I had a triple bogey in the middle of my round after playing solid up until that point. We hit the ball well but it was hard to score, especially if you missed the green. There is trouble on both sides of the fairway on most holes. We need to step it up tomorrow if we want a strong finish to continue our solid form this season".

Rounding out the rest of the Vols' starting five at the Sea Island Golf Club was Jay Vandeventer, Chad Mezbacher, Thomas Dunne, and Rick Lamb.

Vandeventer and Merzbacher each shot a 75 (+5), which put them in a tie for 43rd place after one round. The freshman Merzbacher impressed many with his play by knocking in two birdies on the 1st and 10th hole. His only slip came on the 18th hole in which he shot a double bogey. Additionally, Dunne carded a 77 (+7) and Lamb carded a 78 (+8).

On Saturday, Tennessee will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET from the 10th hole. The Vols will be paired with Florida.

The Vols last won the SEC Championship in 2007.

Volunteer fans can keep up with the team by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter or following the live scoring on Golfstat.com or on the SEC Scoring Page.

TEAM SCORES (Through One Round)
1. #19 Auburn 275 (-5)
2. #30 South Carolina 279 (-1)
3. #13 Georgia 281 (+1)
4. #2 Alabama 283 (+3)
5. #21 Texas A&M 285 (+5)
6. #25 Mississippi State 286 (+6)
7. #15 LSU 288 (+8)
8. #50 Kentucky 291 (+11)
9. #32 Missouri 292 (+12)
10. #36 Vanderbilt 295 (+15)
T-11. #14 Arkansas 297 (+17)
T-11. Ole Miss 297 (+17)
13. #23 TENNESSEE 299 (+19)
14. #9 Florida 301 (+21)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Through One Round)
1. Caleb Sturgeon, South Carolina 65 (-5)
T-2. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn 66 (-4)
T-2. Michael Herbert, Auburn 66 (-4)
T-2. Nicholas Reach, Georgia 66 (-4)
UT SCORES (Through One Round)
T-23. Oliver Goss 72 (+2)
T-43. Jay Vandeventer 75 (+5)
T-43. Chad Merzbacher 75 (+5)
T-55. Thomas Dunne 77 (+7)
T-62. Rick Lamb 78 (+8)

 

 

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