June 2, 2005
The 10th-seeded Tennessee men's golf team held on to second place after day two of the 108th NCAA Division I Golf Championships in Baltimore, Md. Freshman Ben Spickard was the only Vol under par with a 1-under 69 at the Caves Valley Golf Club, while fellow freshman Philip Pettitt was 3-over-par.
With a combined score of 567, Tennessee is nine shots back of Georgia's two-day total of 558. The Vols shot a team total 8-over-par 288 for round two. Georgia Tech is third with a 9-over 569, while Southern Cal is fourth at 12-over-par. Michael Putnam of Pepperdine leads the field individually with a two-day total 6-under-par 134. Round one co-leader Major Manning of Augusta State is one shot back of Putnam.
After shooting an opening round 77 Wednesday and not placing among the top four UT team scorers, Spickard led the Vols on day two. His three back-nine birdies countered a 2-over-par front-nine score. Spickard's two-day total of 146 is tied for 57th individually.
Senior Ross McGowan had another strong day for Tennessee with a 1-over-par 71. His solid round consisted of two bogeys and one birdie to go along with 15 pars. Individually, McGowan sits in a tie for fifth place with a two-day total of 138.
Pettitt was strong for the second straight day with a 3-over-par 73. His two-round total of 142 puts him in a tie for 21st place individually.
Senior David Skinns was the fourth scorer for the Vols. Skinns came into the clubhouse with a 5-over-par 75. His 75 puts his championship total at 146, which is good for a tie for 57th-place along with Spickard.
Senior John Scott Rattan finished with a 9-over-par 79 as the Vols' fifth team member.
The 30-team field was cut in half after Thursday's midpoint in the four-day event. Play continues Friday with the final round on Saturday for Tennessee. A link to live scoring is available at www.UTsports.com.
Skinns was the SEC individual champion in 2005 and named first-team All-SEC for the third time in his four-year career. McGowan was named second-team All-SEC for his efforts this season. The two seniors were instrumental in Tennessee's second place finish in the East Regional that propelled them into the NCAA championship field for the first time since 2003.
Each region teams were comprised of 15 golfers and any player ranked in the top 75 nationally in either Golfstat or the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
|23||San Diego State||+27||290-297=587|
|1||Michael Putnam, Pepperdine||-7||67-67=134|
|2||Major Manning, Augusta State||-5||65-70=135|
|T3||Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech||-3||69-68=137|
|T3||James Lepp, Washington||-3||70-67=137|
|T5||Ross McGowan, Tennessee||-2||67-71=138|
|T5||Oscar Alvarez, BYU||-2||67-71=138|
|T5||Shawn Jasper, Missouri||-2||72-66=138|
|T5||Brendon Todd, Georgia||-2||68-70=138|
|T5||Michael Schachner, Duke||-2||70-68=138|