May 20, 2010
Tennessee rallied from a shaky start Thursday to earn a first-place tie through 18 holes at the NCAA San Diego Regional.
The fourth-seeded Vols have plenty of company, as seven teams are within five shots of the leaders. The top five finishers after Saturday's third and final round advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships next month at The Honors Course in Ooltewah.
Tied with Tennessee at 6-over-par 294 is top-seeded Oregon, second-seeded UNLV and sixth-seeded California. Eighth-seeded Central Florida is next at 295, followed by a pair of first-day surprises in New Mexico State and Missouri. The Aggies shot 8-over 296 after entering as the No. 12 seed out of 13 teams, while 11th-seeded Missouri sits at 299.
Those eight squads placed at least one golfer among the top 10 on the individual leaderboard, but Tennessee was the only team with two representatives. Robin Wingardh opened with 71 to settle in a tie for fourth, while David Holmes is one shot back of that group at even-par 72 and tied for seventh.
Wingardh started his round the hard way at Carlton Oaks Golf Club with a double bogey on his third hole, the par-3 12th. But the junior settled down to post five consecutive pars before closing his first nine with a birdie at No. 18. That momentum carried over as Wingardh birdied both par fives on the front side and posted 71 for his third consecutive sub-par opening round.
Holmes played both nines in even-par 36, but there was plenty of give and take to his round. The senior captain birdied the 12th before dropping consecutive shots at the turn, tallying bogey-5s at both the 18th and first holes. Birdies at Nos. 5 and 7 then were sandwiched around the Knoxvillian's final bogey at the tricky sixth hole for his opening round of 72 -- his third straight round of par or better.
Freshman Jay Vandeventer carried his momentum over from a season-best finish at the SEC Championships to open with 74. The Bristol native bogeyed twice on his first nine against seven pars. Birdies at No. 1 and the closing No. 9 offset two more bogeys at the fourth and seventh holes as Vandeventer settled in a tie for 18th place.
Garrick Porteous and Darren Renwick added matching 77s to tie for 51st place in the 75-player field.
Porteous bogeyed both par-5s on his first nine before getting it back to even par with birdies at Nos. 18 and 1. But bogeys at the third, fifth and eighth holes were compounded by a closing double-bogey 7 at the par-5 ninth.
Renwick, meanwhile, suffered his trouble early when the Vols were down in the standings. The sophomore opened with an innocent par at No. 10 before registering 18 strokes over his next three holes for a triple, a double and a bogey. After that stretch of 6 over par, Renwick rallied with birdies at Nos. 16 and 4 against just the one additional bogey at the eighth for his 77.
UNLV's Eddie Olson is the individual leader at 4-under-par 68, followed by New Mexico State's Timothy Madigan at 69 and Cal's Michael Weaver at 70. Wingardh is one of three in the group at 71, while Holmes is in a five-way tie at 72.
Tennessee opens Friday's round at 9:10 a.m. Pacific time (12:10 p.m. Eastern) alongside Oregon and California. Weather conditions for the San Diego suburb of Santee call for mostly sunny skies and highs reaching the upper 70s.
Live scoring is available once again at UTsports.com, via Golfstat.com.
|5.||Central Florida||295 (+7)|
|6.||New Mexico State||296 (+8)|
|t-8.||Augusta State||303 (+15)|
|t-8.||UC Irvine||303 (+15)|
|t-10.||San Diego State||304 (+16)|
|t-10.||Oral Roberts||304 (+16)|
|1.||Eddie Olson, UNLV||68 (-4)|
|2.||Timothy Madigan, New Mexico State||69 (-3)|
|3.||Michael Weaver, California||70 (-2)|
|t-4.||Robin Wingardh, TENNESSEE||71 (-1)|
|t-4.||*Paul Apyan, Southern Mississippi||71 (-1)|
|t-4.||*Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge||71 (-1)|
|*Competing as individual.|
|t-4.||Robin Wingardh||71 (-1)|
|t-7.||David Holmes||72 (E)|
|t-18.||Jay Vandeventer||74 (+2)|
|t-51.||Garrick Porteous||77 (+5)|
|t-51.||Darren Renwick||77 (+5)|