Vols Second After First Round of NCAA Golf Championships

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.

The Vol foursome of seniors McGowan, David Skinns, John Scott Rattan and freshman Philip Pettitt finished the round strong with a combined 7-under on the back nine of the par-70 course.

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.

Rank Team To Par Score
1 Georgia -6 274
2 Tennessee -1 279
3 Arizona +2 282
T4 UNLV +4 284
T4 Coastal Carolina +4 284
6 BYU +5 285
T7 Georgia Southern +6 286
T7 Augusta State +6 286
T9 SMU +7 287
T9 Wake Forest +7 287
T9 Georgia State +7 287
T12 Duke +8 288
T12 Georgia Tech +8 288
T12 Arkansas +8 288
T15 Florida +9 289
T15 New Mexico +9 289
T15 Washington +9 289
T18 San Diego State +10 290
T18 Southern California +10 290
T18 Tulsa +10 290
T21 Alabama +11 291
T21 Kentucky +11 291
T21 Arizona State +11 291
24 Oklahoma State +12 292
T25 Stanford +16 296
T25 Texas A&M +16 296
27 Texas +18 298
T28 Purdue +19 299
T28 UCLA +19 299
30 Missouri +20 300
Rank Individual To Par Score
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
Rank Tennessee To Par Score
T4 Ross McGowan -3 67
T14 Philip Pettitt -1 69
T33 David Skinns +1 71
T49 John Scott Rattan +2 72
T129 Ben Spickard +7 77


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