May 20, 2011
By John Painter
UT Media Relations
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - It was going poorly for Tennessee until the Vols reached the par-3 13th hole here at Wolf Run Golf Course.
Then it got worse.
Tennessee counted seven double bogeys and one triple bogey on its team scorecard Friday, including one of each at the unlucky 13th, and fell to seventh place after two rounds of the NCAA Central-Indiana Regional.
UT's second-day score of 13-over-par 297 was 10 strokes more than Thursday's effort and left the Vols at 16-over 584 for the tournament. More importantly, the Vols now trail fifth-place Stanford by eight strokes with just 18 holes to play Saturday.
Only the top five teams advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship later this month in Stillwater, Okla.
"We just did not play well," UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "There were so many double bogeys and that just killed our round. Garrick played well and everybody else really struggled. Too many doubles."
Porteous in the Hunt
Garrick Porteous was Tennessee's eye in the hurricane of high scores. The junior from Morpeth, England, fired a 3-under-par 68 to move into a tie for second place on the individual leaderboard, just two strokes behind 36-hole leader Scott Langley of Illinois.
"He's really been something," Kelson said of Porteous. "He's just been coming on and getting better and better. He can really hit some shots and has really turned into a good player. I'm really happy for him and I'm looking forward to see if he can better that tomorrow."
Porteous has a chance for NCAA advancement on his own should the Vols fall short of a top-five placement. The best individual finisher at all six regionals not on one of the advancing teams also earns a berth into the NCAA Championship.
But Kelson thinks his squad still has a chance to rally on Saturday.
"It's eight shots - we can do that," he said. "We can make that up and make it up pretty quickly. We just have to go play a really good round Saturday and see how that stacks up."
Alabama and Illinois are tied for the team lead at 6-under-par 562, followed by Michigan at 566. Iowa is fourth at 574, followed by Stanford (576) and Charlotte (583) ahead of Tennessee.
Bogey at the First
Porteous started slowly, bogeying the very first hole. But it was his only blemish of the day en route to matching his low round of the year and continuing a run of excellent play in NCAA competition.
"I didn't get off to the greatest of starts, but apart from that I played pretty solid," said Porteous, who birdied the sixth, seventh and ninth holes for a 33 front nine. "I had to wait on the second tee, so after that I got into a bit of a flow. I gave myself plenty of opportunities and was just ticking along."
He added eight pars on the back nine to go with a birdie at the par-3 16th and is at 3-under-par 139 for the tournament.
"He's got the ability to shoot those kinds of scores," Kelson said. "I think he's starting to realize that and it's great to see."
Porteous finished 14th a year ago at the NCAA San Diego Regional and was 30th his freshman season at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Keddie birdied twice on the front nine but couldn't overcome three double bogeys for his round. An eagle-3 at the par-5 17th and a near-miraculous par from the deep green-side rough at 18 helped nullify those missteps, but the freshman still seemed out of sorts.
"I found the long rough a few times and its costs you," Keddie said. "I couldn't get the ball in the hole, but my finish helped out."
Far from Over
Keddie, who is tied for 17th place at 2-over 144, thinks this tournament is far from over.
"When you're playing on a team with four scores to count, you can make up eight shots quickly. I think our guys are going to stay positive and try to go low, and I think we are capable of doing it."
Vandeventer's scorecard read three bogeys, two doubles, a triple - and five birdies.
"I started off kind of shaky, just missed the greens and didn't get up and down," he said. "But I think everything was happening all at once and I didn't really know where I stood, so I wasn't really worried about it. Then I made a couple of pars and a couple of birdies and told myself to keep going."
Vandeventer kept it going until his triple bogey at the fateful 13th hole, a 220-yard par 3.
"I backed off because I felt a little bit of wind," he said. "I changed clubs and then just pulled the tee shot. I tried to hit a little chip from left of the green and it came out a little thin - and it was a battle from then on."
The sophomore is tied for 42nd place at 8-over 150.
`Today Was a Little Worse'
Wingardh's 78 was his high round of the year by two strokes. The senior captain birdied the first and 12th holes, but more than offset those with five bogeys along with a pair of doubles over his last six holes.
"I struggled a lot with a hook today," Wingardh said. "I used to do that when I was younger. I've been working on my wedges and I don't know if that's contributing to it, but I just had a bunch of shots left today and I ended up in really bad lies.
"A bad day happens to everyone, and today was a little worse than my bad days usually are."
Tennessee's senior captain is tied for 51st place at 9-over 151. He, too, thinks the season is not over for the Vols.
"It might seem like we are pretty far back but we can make that up. We're not giving up yet."
Renwick's 79 included two doubles and - don't wince - a nine at the par-4 eighth hole.
"I hit a bad tee shot deep into the trees," he said. "I didn't have much of a shot and it took me a couple to get out. Then I missed the green in a bad spot - just a nightmare hole. Everything went wrong that could have gone wrong."
The junior summed up his round this way: "Two double bogeys and a nine - other than that, I made five birdies and played well."
Tennessee gets an early wake-up call for its final chance at advancement, beginning Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 10 tee alongside Florida State and Indiana. The weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 82. Winds will be stronger at 14 mph.
Live scoring is available once again on UTsports.com, via Golfstat.com.
|8.||Florida State||291-295--586 (+18)|
|11.||Wake Forest||301-291--592 (+24)|
|12.||Wichita State||301-303--604 (+36)|
|13.||Missouri-Kansas City||312-300--612 (+44)|
|14.||Sacred Heart||319-313--632 (+64)|
|1.||Scott Langley, Illinois||68-69--137 (-5)|
|T-2.||Garrick Porteous, TENNESSEE||71-68--139 (-3)|
|T-2.||Chris Brant, Iowa||68-71--139 (-3)|
|T-2.||Joey Garber, Michigan||71-68--139 (-3)|
|T-2.||Bud Cauley, Alabama||68-71--139 (-3)|
|T-2.||Garrick Porteous||71-68--139 (-3)|
|T-17.||Danny Keddie||69-75--144 (+2)|
|T-42.||Jay Vandeventer||74-76--150 (+8)|
|T-51.||Robin Wingardh||73-78--151 (+9)|
|T-54.||Darren Renwick||74-79--153 (+11)|