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VOLS MISS CUT FOR FINAL ROUND AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Philip Pettitt

Philip Pettitt

June 1, 2007


The Tennessee men's golf team was eliminated from the NCAA Championships Friday in Williamsburg, Va., after a three-team playoff for the final two spots in Saturday's final round.

The No. 10-seeded Vols finished 16th, failing to make the 54-hole cut despite shooting their best round of the tournament, an even-par 280, in Friday's third round.

Oklahoma State and Florida edged Tennessee in the playoff, which consisted of all five players on each team playing one hole apiece. OSU finished the playoff at 2 under par, Florida State at 1 under and Tennessee at even par.

"I was extremely proud of the team today," coach Jim Kelson said. "They competed very hard. They played extremely well. They fought back and did a terrific job to get into the position to be in the playoff."

Stanford maintained its second-day lead at 12 under par, with Coastal Carolina two strokes back. Charlotte and Alabama are tied for third at 2 under par.

The Vols finished the third round at 11 over par for the tournament, tying the Cowboys and the Seminoles for 14th place to force the playoff.

Junior Charlie Ford was the top finisher for the Vols, tying for 23rd after a 1-under-par 69 on Friday.

Junior Philip Pettitt and senior Tino Weiss tied for 43rd place. Pettitt had five birdies on Friday to finish with a 69, his best round of the tournament. Weiss finished the third round at 1 over after parring eight of the first nine holes.

Sophomore Chris Paisley finished tied for 102nd after repeating his second-round score of 75, scattering four birdies and seven bogeys.

Freshman David Holmes tied for 156th after improving six strokes from Thursday to shoot his best round of the tournament, a 1-over-par 71, in the third round.

Georgia (fifth place), Florida (eighth) and South Carolina (10th) were the only SEC schools to make the cut. Vanderbilt and Auburn joined Tennessee among the 15 teams who failed to advance to Saturday, tying for 21st and 30th, respectively.

The playoff loss brought an end to one of the Vols' most successful seasons under Kelson, which included their first SEC title since 1990 and top-10 finishes in all nine regular season tournaments.

"I am very proud of this team and their efforts all year," Kelson said. "They have nothing to be ashamed of they have had a terrific year and represented UT very well. And although we are disappointed, they put up a very good fight."

TEAM RESULTS
1. Stanford 275-278-275--282
2. Coastal Carolina 277-281-272--830
3t. Charlotte 279-283-276--838
3t. Alabama 284-283-271--838
5. Georgia 282-289-269--840
6. Georgia Tech 288-275-280--843
7. UCLA 283-280-283--846
8t. Minnesota 278-276-294--848
8t. Florida 278-290-280--848
10t. South Carolina 291-278-280--849
10t. Duke 294-278-277--849
12t. Lamar University 285-287-278--850
12t. Texas 278-288-284--850
14t. Oklahoma State 287-279-285--851
14t. Florida State 283-287-280--851
Missed Cut
16. Tennessee 284-287-280--851
17. Georgia State 286-282-284--852
18t. ETSU 280-280-294--854
18t. Southern California 289-286-279--854
18t. Arizona State 286-290-278--854
21t. North Carolina 289-283-283--855
21t. Vanderbilt 284-285-286--855
23. Michigan State 283-287-287--857
24. Arizona 290-287-281--858
25. Tulsa 284-291-284--859
26. Wake Forest 293-287-285--865
27. Louisville 288-292-288--868
28. Texas Tech 293-294-282--869
29. New Mexico 293-288-291--872
30. Auburn 295-291-287--873
VOL SCORES
t-23 Charlie Ford 69-72-69--210
t-43 Tino Weiss 74-67-71--212
t-43 Philip Pettitt 70-73-69--212
t-102 Chris Paisley 71-75-75--221
156 David Holmes 80-77-71--228

 

 

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