Vols Chasing Field After 'OK' Opening Round

June 1, 2010

OOLTEWAH - Tennessee failed to take advantage of familiar surroundings here Tuesday at The Honors Course and the Vols are well back of the leaders after 18 holes at the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championships.

More importantly, UT trails eighth-place Augusta State and Florida by 10 strokes in the race to qualify for the match play quarterfinal round that begins Friday. The top eight teams after 54 holes advance to a bracket-style match play format that culminates in Sunday's national championship dual.

The Vols shot 9-over-par 297 Tuesday and are tied for 23rd place with two rounds of stroke play remaining.

"We played OK," UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "We were close, but just too many double bogeys. It is a course that can come up and bite you and it came up and bit us. We still are in position to go out and have a good round Wednesday to put us in good position for the final round of stroke play."

David Holmes led the way for Tennessee with an even-par 72 that has him in a tie for 36th place individually. The senior captain birdied his very first hole of the championship, followed that with a bogey at the par-5 second, and then proceeded to par his final 16 holes.

"I hit the ball really well," Holmes said. "I think I missed two or three greens all day; I just did not make any putts. I'm pretty happy with how I hit it, and they are eventually going to drop.

"I hit three balls into four feet for birdie, but I missed all three of them. I played pretty solid. Having 16 pars is really good out here."

Holmes finished his day with a nifty up-and-down from a steep slope on No. 18, sliding a five-footer into the right edge of the cup.

"That was big. I had missed three of those putts within five or six feet, so it was good for my confidence to go ahead and roll that one in."

Garrick Porteous continued his quality play of late with a 73 to settle in a tie for 52nd place. The sophomore from Morpeth, England, fought off his lone double bogey at the difficult 10th hole to record his fifth round of 73 or better this postseason.



"I played pretty solid today," said Porteous, who tied for 22nd at last month's SEC Championships and 14th at the NCAA San Diego Regional. "I struck the ball well off the tee and created quite a few chances inside 15 feet.

"I made double on 10, which was quite disappointing; just hit a bad second shot. But I pulled it back to 1 over, so I finished quite strong."

Robin Wingardh wishes he could say the same after carding his only double bogey of the afternoon at No. 18 to finish with what felt like a disappointing 74. The junior balanced four bogeys with four birdies the rest of the way despite not quite having his game in hand.

"I played all right," said Wingardh, who is tied for 65th place. "It's a tough course and you have to work for your chances out here. Things happen and you just have to move on."

One of those things was a potential birdie chance at the par-5 11th hole that turned into a disappointing bogey. Wingardh was sitting middle of the fairway, about 270 yards from an uphill green, when he sailed his approach over everything and made 6.

"I usually hit my 3-wood 260 or 270, so how it went over the green with a slice I do not know. There's no way I should have been able to be long there, but that's how it goes."

Jay Vandeventer shot 78 after fighting through a pair of double bogeys late in the front nine.

"My game plan was to make pars and take the birdies when I could. But I ran into trouble at seven, and then again at nine. Really, it was just a couple of bad swings and I'm going to go to the range and work on it."

Darren Renwick closed out the Tennessee lineup with an 82.

"I drove it badly off the tee and it's too punishing off the tee here to hit off line. I was in trouble all the time, always having to save par and didn't save par enough."

Renwick lengthy par salvage at No. 18 might be the start of some needed momentum for Wednesday.

"That's definitely a nice little bonus on the last."

Third-seeded Oklahoma State and 10th-seeded Florida State share the first-day lead after opening with rounds of 5-under-par 283. Top-ranked Oregon is third at 284, followed by seventh-seeded Texas A&M at 285 and the duo of Arizona State and Clemson at 286. Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard and Augusta State's Henrik Norlander are the individual co-leaders thanks to 4-under rounds of 68, one stroke better than an 11-player group at 69.

The Vols play in the afternoon pairings for Round 2, teeing off at the challenging 10th hole beginning at 12:59 p.m. Their playing partners for the second straight day are North Florida, which shot 292 on Tuesday, and Duke, which finished one stroke better than Tennessee at 296.

Weather conditions for Wednesday call for scattered thunderstorms, a 40 percent chance, light winds and a high of 87 degrees.

Tickets are $45 for an All-Session badge that covers the remaining five days of competition. Any-Session badges are available for $15. Tickets can be purchased at gomocs.com, on site at The Honors Course ticket entrance or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627).

Complete pairings and tee times for the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships are below:

Wednesday's Second-Round Pairings -- 1st Tee
7:00 a.m. -- No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Oklahoma State
7:47 a.m. -- No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Southern California and No. 9 Augusta State
8:44 a.m. -- No. 13 Florida, No. 14 Georgia Tech and No. 15 UNLV
12:30 p.m. -- No. 19 California, No. 20 Arizona State and No. 21 Oregon State
1:17 p.m. -- No. 25 Penn State, No. 26 Virginia and No. 27 Illinois
2:05 p.m. -- Individuals Rhys Enoch of East Tennessee State, Robbie Fillmore of Brigham Young and Marshall Bailey of Virginia Tech

Wednesday's Second-Round Pairings -- 10th Tee
7:20 a.m. -- No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Texas and No. 6, Texas Tech
8:07 a.m. -- No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 Clemson and No. 12 UCLA
8:55 a.m. -- Individuals Espen Kofstad of Denver, Russell Henley of Georgia and Nick Delio of Cal State Northridge
12:12 p.m. -- No. 16 Kent State, No. 17 TCU and No. 18 San Diego
12:59 p.m. -- No. 22 North Florida, No. 23 Duke and No. 24 TENNESSEE
1:47 p.m. -- No. 28 LSU, No. 29 Baylor and No. 30 Georgia Southern

t-1. Florida State 283 (-5)
t-1. Oklahoma State 283 (-5)
3. Oregon 284 (-4)
4. Texas A&M 285 (-3)
t-5. Arizona State 286 (-2)
t-5. Clemson 286 (-2)
t-7. Augusta State 287 (-1)
t-7. Florida 287 (-1)
9. Washington 289 (+1)
t-10. Georgia Tech 290 (+2)
t-10. Texas 290 (+2)
t-12. Kent State 292 (+4)
t-12. North Florida 292 (+4)
t-12. Stanford 292 (+4)
15. California 293 (+5)
t-16. Baylor 294 (+6)
t-16. UNLV 294 (+6)
t-16. San Diego 294 (+6)
t-16. UCLA 294 (+6)
t-20. Oregon State 295 (+7)
t-20. Southern California 295 (+7)
22. Duke 296 (+8)
t-23. TENNESSEE 297 (+9)
t-23. Georgia Southern 297 (+9)
25. Virginia 300 (+12)
26. Penn State 301 (+13)
t-27. TCU 302 (+14)
t-27. Texas Tech 302 (+14)
29. LSU 303 (+15)
30. Illinois 304 (+16)
t-1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State 68 (-4)
t-1. Henrik Norlander, Augusta State 68 (-4)
3. 11 players tied at 69 (-3)
t-36. David Holmes 72 (E)
t-52. Garrick Porteous 73 (+1)
t-65. Robin Wingardh 74 (+2)
t-129. Jay Vandeventer 78 (+6)
t-152. Darren Renwick 82 (+10)


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