June 1, 2005
The 10th-seeded Tennessee men's golf team surged into second place after the opening round of the 108th NCAA Division I Golf Championships in Baltimore, Md. Senior Ross McGowan led the way with a 3-under par score at the Caves Valley Golf Club.
With a combined score of 279, Tennessee is only five shots back of the leader, SEC-rival Georgia, who is in the clubhouse with a 274. UT and UGA are the only two schools with under-par scores. Arizona is third with a 2-over-par 282, while UNLV and Coastal Carolina are tied for fourth with 284. SEC team champion Kentucky is tied-for 21st with a 11-over-par 291.
McGowan led the Vols on the first day of competition with a 3-under-par 67. He was solid all day with 13 pars and four birdies to only one bogey. Individually, McGowan's 67 is tied for fourth, two shots back of co-leaders Kevin Kisner of Georgia and Major Manning of Augusta State.
Pettitt turned in the only other under-par score for UT. He finished 1-under-par with three birdies and two bogeys. Pettitt's 69 is tied for 14th with seven other golfers. He is one of only four freshmen under-par for the tournament.
Skinns, the SEC individual champion, was steady throughout the day with a 1-over-par 71. Skinns went on a back-nine run of back-to-back-to-back birdies to finish 1-under-par on the second nine. Skinns is tied for 34th individually.
Rattan trudged through a 4-over-par front nine then battled back with a 2-under-par back nine to finish with a 2-over-par 72 for the round. Rattan is tied for 51st with his 2-over 72.
The Vols' fifth team member, freshman Ben Spickard, scored at 7-over-par 77. At the NCAA championships the top-4 finishers for each team score.
The tournament is a 72-hole format with 18 holes being played over four days with only the top-15 teams playing the third and fourth rounds.
|T18||San Diego State||+10||290|
|T1||Kevin Kisner, Georgia||-5||65|
|T1||Major Manning, Augusta State||-5||65|
|3||Aron Price, Georgia Southern||-4||66|
|T4||Ross McGowan, Tennessee||-3||67|
|T4||Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young||-3||67|
|T4||Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa||-3||67|
|T4||Michael Putnam, Pepperdine||-3||67|
|T4||James Vargas, Florida||-3||67|
|T49||John Scott Rattan||+2||72|