May 28, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Heading into the NCAA Championship, the Tennessee men's golf team mindset was to build off its great week at the NCAA Baton Rouge regional and to embrace the present opportunity.
Tennessee managed to carry over that momentum on Tuesday. At one point during the front nine, every UT golfer was even-par or better. However, the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club soon caught up with the Vols.
"It was a little disappointing today because we got off to such a quick start and then it turned. It looked like we had just had one too many mistakes. We had a few three putts and so on and those add up," head coach Jim Kelson said. "Hopefully, we can rebound and have a good one tomorrow."
After the first round, Tennessee sits in striking distance of the qualifying championship mark (Top-8). The Vols currently are tied for 14th place after finishing with a 286 (+6).
Tennessee was led by a resurgent Rick Lamb. The senior, who is playing in his final tournament for the Volunteers, is determined to make the most of his last opportunity.
On the day, Lamb carded a 68 (-2) by hitting four birdies and two bogeys. Lamb is currently tied for 8th on the individual leaderboard.
"I played pretty well today. I just tried to hit it in the center of the greens and play conservative," Lamb said. "I made some pretty good putts. I made a real long one on the par-three 15th. I got a bad break on 16 when my ball plugged in the lip of the bunker. It is what it is though. You just have to take it and keep playing. Going forward, I look to keep the same mentality: play safe and just make a lot more putts tomorrow."
Kelson has made the most of his freshman class all season long. Tuesday at Crabapple was no different. The Vols saw big contributions from Michael Nagy and their All-SEC First-Teamer Oliver Goss. After struggling most of the day and dropping to as low as 2-over par, Goss regained his composure to finish the first round with a 71 (+1). Likewise, Nagy bounced back from a rough double bogey on the 10th hole to birdie the 12th and 15th hole, finishing the day with a 72 (+2).
The rest of Day One at the Capital City Club was filled with some historic moments. LSU's Zach Wright hit a hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Meanwhile, Arizona State's Jon Rahm set a course record as he shot a 61 (-9) for the first round. For comparison, the best Tiger Woods shot on the same course was a 66 back in 2003 at the WGC American Express Championship.
On Wednesday, Tennessee will start their second round at 1:30 p.m. ET from the 1st hole tee box. Tennessee will once again be paired with UCF and Arizona State.
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Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Through One Round)|
|1.||Arizona State||270 (-10)|
|T-7.||Oklahoma State||279 (-1)|
|T-9.||North Florida||281 (+1)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Through One Round)|
|1.||Jon Rahm, Arizona State||61 (-9)|
|2.||Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma||65 (-5)|
|3.||Brandon Hagy, California||66 (-4)|
|UT SCORES (Through One Round)|
|T-8.||Rick Lamb||68 (-2)|
|T-49.||Oliver Goss||71 (+1)|
|T-66.||Mike Nagy||72 (+2)|
|T-126.||Jay Vandeventer||75 (+5)|
|T-126.||Brandon Rodgers||75 (+5)|