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Lamb Tied for SEC Lead After Another 67
Jim Kelson and Casey VanDamme

Jim Kelson and Casey VanDamme

April 21, 2012


Rick Lamb fired his second straight 67 and, thanks to a competitor's late misstep, finds himself tied for overall lead through two rounds of the 2012 SEC Men's Golf Championship.

Tennessee held on after a rough start Saturday to settle into a tie for seventh place with 18 holes remaining at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Vols shot 10-over-par 290, and their two-day total of 15-over 575 puts them on even terms with Vanderbilt and three shots behind Mississippi (572).

In addition to Lamb, Garrick Porteous fired a 2-over 72, Jay Vandeventer added 74 and Danny Keddie his second straight 77 to close out the Tennessee scoring. Brandon Rodgers shot 82.

Alabama (546) stretched its team lead during the day from one shot to 11 over second-place Auburn and Georgia (both 557). This despite the fact that the hottest Crimson Tide golfer of the weekend, Bobby Wyatt, doubled the 18th hole to fall into a tie for the individual lead with Lamb.

Florida (561) and Arkansas (566) round out the top five in the team standings.

Sizzling After the Start
Lamb bogeyed his first hole Saturday and then was spectacular the rest of the way. The junior matched his first-day scorecard of 33-34, posting three birdies on the front nine and one coming home.

Two weeks ago, Lamb won his first collegiate tournament by a single stroke at the Yale Spring Opener. Through 36 holes at the SEC Championship, Lamb has eight birdies against only two bogeys in vying to make it two wins in a row.

Porteous started slow and was 3 over through five holes after his first double-bogey of the tournament. But consecutive birdies at the sixth and seventh holes helped turn things around, and Porteous parred 10 straight holes before a closing bogey.

The senior captain shot 36 on both sides Saturday and is tied for 18th place at 1-over 141.

Vandeventer improved by one stroke over his Friday effort thanks to his first birdie of the weekend at the par-4 11th hole. Otherwise, the junior carded five bogeys for the second day in a row on a 38-36 scorecard and is tied for 46th place at 9-over 149.

Keddie posted his second straight 77 when he doubled the closing 18th for a 39-38 card. It was the sophomore's second double-bogey of the day and third of the tournament. Keddie also had three bogeys Saturday and is tied for 54th place at 14-over 154.

Rodgers never could recover after doubling the par-4 fourth and fifth holes. The sophomore had another double-bogey at No. 15 to go with six bogeys and nine pars for a 40-42 scorecard. Rodgers is tied for 58th place at 16-over 156.

Tennessee's final round begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 10 tee, playing alongside Vanderbilt and either Kentucky or South Carolina. Georgia's coastal forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms and a high of 77, with winds northwesterly from 10-20 mph.

Live scoring is available through Golfstat.com and SECSports.com.

TEAM SCORES
1. Alabama 272-274--546 (-14)
T-2. Auburn 277-280--557 (-3)
T-2. Georgia 273-284--557 (-3)
4. Florida 283-278--561 (+1)
5. Arkansas 286-280--566 (+6)
6. Mississippi 287-285--572 (+12)
T-7. TENNESSEE 285-290--575 (+15)
T-7. Vanderbilt 289-286--575 (+15)
T-9. Kentucky 284-294--578 (+18)
T-9. South Carolina 289-289--578 (+18)
11. Mississippi State 289-290--579 (+19)
12. LSU 296-284--580 (+20)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
T-1. Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE 67-67--134 (-6)
T-1. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama 65-69--134 (-6)
3. Justin Thomas, Alabama 68-67--135 (-5)
T-4. Michael Johnson, Auburn 68-69--137 (-3)
T-4. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State 67-70--137 (-3)
T-4. T.J. Vogel, Florida 67-70--137 (-3)
UT SCORES
T-1. Rick Lamb 67-67--134 (-6)
T-18. Garrick Porteous 69-72--141 (+1)
T-46. Jay Vandeventer 75-74--149 (+9)
T-54. Danny Keddie 77-77--154 (+14)
T-58. Brandon Rodgers 74-82--156 (+16)

 

 

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