April 27, 2003
SEA ISLAND, Ga.--The men's golf team slipped to a fourth-place finish at the 2003 SEC Championships. The Vols shot a three-day scorecard of 289-288-293--870 to record their highest SEC finish since 1998 when they finished fourth.
Senior Andrew Pratt led the way for the Vols with his first top-five finish of the season. Pratt finished fourth with a scorecard of 72-69-70--211. This marks Pratt's highest finish since recording a tie for second at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Invitational in the fall of 2000.
Ross McGowan and John-Scott Rattan also recorded finishes in the top 10, tying for 10th. McGowan and Rattan each turned in scorecards of 72-72-73--217. David Skinns finished 39th with a 73-75-78--226, while senior Ian Parnaby rounded out the Vol scoring with a 75-78-77--230, tying him for 46th.
Florida claimed the team title for the first time since 1999. The ninth-ranked Gators came from fifth to claim the title with a 292-293-271--856. Finishing second was No. 12 Auburn with a 291-293-278--862, while Georgia placed third with a 288-289-289--866.
Brett Stegmaier of Florida claimed top individual honors. Stegmaier carded a seven-under 67-72-64--203 to win by one stroke over Kevin Kisner of Georgia. Kisner had a 67-69-68--204. Will Claxton of Auburn finished third with a 68-74-68--210.
The Vols return to action May 15-17 when they compete in one of three NCAA Regionals. The regionals this year are being played at The University Club in Auburn, Ala., Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan., and Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.