Vols Improve in Second Round Play at NCAA Golf Championships

May 28, 2003


STILLWATER, Okla. -- Tennessee improved 10 strokes moved up three spots from its opening round effort, but finds itself well behind the leaders at the 106th NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Stillwater, Okla.

The Vols, who started their round on No. 10 today, recorded a team score of 310 (+22) and stand in 24th place after two rounds.

UT's Andrew Pratt carded the Vols' best score today with a 3-over-par 75, one shot better than teammate John-Scott Rattan 76 (+4). Pratt shot 1-under on his final nine holes today on the course's front 9. Rattan was +1 for the day through 14 before finishing 3-over on the final five holes of his round.

David Skinns, who opened with a 75 on Tuesday, shot 7-over 79 today, while Ian Parnaby recorded an 8-over 80 after shooting an opening round 78. Ross McGowan's troubles continued today, carding a 12-over 84 following Tuesday's 87.

"Our ball striking has really let us down the first two days," Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson said following today's round. "That's disappointing because that's probably the strength of our team. We've hit in the rough too many times. On this course, if you hit an errant shot, you're looking at double bogey. The greens are the fastest we've seen this year."

UCLA moved into contention today by shooting the tournament's best score to date-a 7-over-par 295. The Bruins' two-day score of 598 (+22) leads host Oklahoma State (599) by one stroke and No. 1 ranked Clemson (601) by three heading into Thursday's third round.

The par 7,285-yard course at Karsten Creek Golf Club continues to play havoc with the nation's best collegiate golfers. The wooded fairways, high rough and lightening fast greens have combined for some of the highest team and individual scores in recent memory.



The average second-round scores today (79.01) were even higher than Tuesday when the players combined for an average of 78.49 per round.

Auburn's Lee Williams is the only player under par with a two-day total of 141 (-3). Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan (144) trails by three shots, while North Carolina State's Jason Moon (145) is four shots off the individual lead.

"We played a little better today," Kelson said. "It's a great championship course and an incredibly tough course. It has taken its toll on all of us."

The field will be cut to the top 18 teams following Thursday's play prior to Friday's final round. The top six individuals not on teams making the final cut will also play Friday.



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