May 17, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Tennessee men's golf team had its season come to a close on Saturday at the 2014 NCAA West Regional. The Vols finished in 11th place, unable to crack the top five and advance to the NCAA Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Volunteers posted a final round 303 (+23) to finish with a 54-hole total of 894 (+54). The course at the Eugene Country Club proved to be quite the nemesis to even the most experienced teams and players. No team finished under par and Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (No. 1 ranked amateur in the world) was the only individual to finish under par (-6).
"Unfortunately, our finish here was a disappointing end to a disappointing season," head coach Jim Kelson said. "While we played well at times, we simply lacked the overall consistency needed in order to compete with the best teams in the nation.
"With today's competitive environment of collegiate golf, a team needs all five of its players to play at an elite level. As coaches, we need to do a better job of preparing our players to achieve consistent performances.
"On the bright side, we are enthusiast about next year. We are expecting a competitive team in the 2014-15 season. We have a talented returning group as well as an outstanding freshman class.
"In ending, we wanted to thank all of our seniors: Danny Keddie, Brandon Rodgers and Marshall Talkington. Their efforts throughout their collegiate careers defined what it meant to be a Tennessee Volunteer. These young men were outstanding student-athletes and represented Tennessee well."
On Saturday, sophomore Michael Nagy completed his strong week of golf by shooting a 75 (+5). Nagy finished as the top UT golfer, placing 19th overall with a total of 218 (+8). Nagy also led the Volunteers with ten total birdies.
Sophomore Oliver Goss wrapped up his inconsistent tournament on a high note. The Australian finished by carding his best round of the tournament, 72 (+2). Goss recorded 34 pars and seven birdies over three days as he tied for 22nd place.
Freshman Jack Smith led the Volunteers with 35 total pars for the tournament. The Knoxville native carded a 54-hole total of 232 (+22) and finished tied for 61st place.
Keddie closed out his collegiate career by shooting a final round 75 (+5). The native of Lincoln, England rattled off nine straight pars on the front nine before a bogey-filled back nine dampened his day. Keddie carded a three day total of 227 (+17), finishing tied for 50th place.
Rodgers ended his career on a tough note, recording a 54-hole score of 240 (+30). The native of Farragut, Tenn., struggled to find his game throughout the week and ultimately finished in 71st place.
"Well this week was obviously pretty tough," senior Brandon Rodgers said. "The course was awesome and in amazing shape. I just really struggled with every aspect of my game, which happens sometimes I guess.
"As far as my career goes, I can't really put into words what it meant to me to play at Tennessee. I always thought the coolest part would be to put on the Power T logo and represent the university, but I'll remember the friendships I made more. That's what I'll cherish most about my time here. I also can't thank Jim [Kelson] and Casey [VanDamme] enough for giving me the opportunity to play for them."
Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team during the offseason by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Final)|
|5.||South Carolina||286-293-301--880 (+40)|
|-||Top 5 teams advance to NCAA Championship||-|
|T-6.||North Florida||286-297-302--885 (+45)|
|12.||Wichita State||295-312-304--911 (+71)|
|13.||Northern Colorado||307-304-311--922 (+82)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)|
|1.||Patrick Rodgers, Stanford||66-67-71--204 (-6)|
|2.||Thomas Lim, Oregon||74-70-66--210 (E)|
|T-3.||Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty||70-72-70--212 (+2)|
|T-3.||Chris Robb, Chattanooga||67-72-73--212 (+2)|
|UT SCORES (Final)|
|19.||Michael Nagy||71-72-75--218 (+8)|
|T-22.||Oliver Goss||73-75-72--220 (+10)|
|T-50.||Danny Keddie||78-74-75--227 (+17)|
|T-61.||Jack Smith||80-71-81--232 (+22)|
|71.||Brandon Rodgers||77-81-82--240 (+30)|