May 30, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. -- On Thursday, the Tennessee men's golf team was unsuccessful in its rallying attempt to qualify for match play at the NCAA Championship.
The Vols finished their third round at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course by carding a 286-277-287--850 (+10) over 54-holes thus ending their season. UT saw their hopes fade as they shot a final round 7-over par 287, dropping the Vols down the standings into a tie for 19th.
As for the Volunteers, their 19th place finish at the NCAA Championship capped a memorable 2012-13 season. In addition, it closed out the careers of seniors Rick Lamb and Jay Vandeventer. The Tennessee seniors battled until the very end, finishing off their season with valiant effort.
"We are thrilled for Rick and the way he was able to finish his senior year," head coach Jim Kelson said. "To finish runner up at the NCAA Championship is a real testament to the hard work he has put in over his career. It really paid off for him and he deserves to be an All-American. I couldn't be happier for him and it's a great way to end his career."
"Jay has been a big part of our program. It was great to see him finish with a solid round to close out his career. We wish both our seniors nothing but the best going forward in their professional careers."
Lamb was a mainstay atop the NCAA Championship leaderboard. He completed his Big Orange career with a championship runner-up finish, missing out on the national championship by three strokes. Lamb's final totals were 68-67-69--204 (-6).
"I figured I had to do something pretty special to have a chance to win, but I really only needed to make a few more putts," Lamb said. "I hit my driver great and putted well. I just wasn't able to get enough good looks at birdies."
"I am pleased to have finished my career with a second place finish at the NCAA finals. Tennessee has been awesome; every part of the athletic department is first class from the coaches to the trainers. Tennessee provides the opportunity to compete against the best competition in the country and you can't ask for anything more than that."
Vandeventer bounced back from a rough first day to card a final total of 75-71-70--216 (+6), capped off by his strong third round which included four birdies.
"I just wanted to go out there and play my hardest to help give us a chance to advance to match play," Vandeventer said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy and we couldn't play forceful golf but I knew we had it in us. We just didn't have our best day. It stings a little bit but it's the way it goes sometimes."
"It was a great feeling to be there for my last year and I just tried to have fun and not really think about anything else. My four years as a Vol have been great. I've learned so much from so many people and I owe so many thanks to so many people. Everyone from the coaching staff to the trainers, doctors, and teachers has given me so much and I am truly thankful."
"It is kind of crazy that my four years are up but I am ready to move on to the next level. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm proud to be a Vol now and a Vol forever."
Freshman Oliver Goss followed up his impressive second round of 66 (-4) with a final round of 72 (+2). Goss finished the championship in a tie for 26th. Fellow freshman Mike Nagy finished Thursday shooting a 77 (+7) and junior Brandon Rodgers rounded out the Tennessee lineup carding a 76 (+6).
After 54-holes, California's Max Homa was crowned the individual national champion after carding rounds of 70-65-66--201 (-9). In addition to his national championship, Homa captured the Pac-12 Championship just a few weeks earlier.
Now, the top eight schools in terms of team score are seeded for match play competition starting Friday, May 31. In team match play, each of the five players on a team play a match against a counterpart on the opposing team. Each individual match is worth a point for his team, and the team with the most points after the five matches advance to the next round with a champion crowned on Sunday, June 2.
For the full qualifying leaderboard, Click Here.
Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team this offseason by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Final)|
|2.||Georgia Tech||274-274-282--830 (-10)|
|T-6.||New Mexico||292-274-276--842 (+2)|
|T-6.||Arizona State||270-288-284--842 (+2)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)|
|1.||Max Homa, California||70-65-66--201 (-9)|
|T-2.||Daniel Berger, Florida State||69-67-68--204 (-6)|
|T-2.||Jon Rahm, Arizona State||61-72-71--204 (-6)|
|T-2.||Rick Lamb, Tennessee||68-67-69--204 (-6)|
|UT SCORES (Final)|
|T-2.||Rick Lamb||68-67-69--204 (-6)|
|T-26.||Oliver Goss||71-66-72--209 (-1)|
|T-93.||Jay Vandeventer||75-71-70--216 (+6)|
|T-136.||Mike Nagy||72-73-77--222 (+12)|
|T-149.||Brandon Rodgers||75-74-76--225 (+15)|