Vols Have Solid Hold on Second Place After Day Two of NCAA Golf Championships

June 2, 2005

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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.

Seniors Ross McGowan and David Skinns were named PING All-Region for the Southeast by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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.

Rank Team To Par Score
1 Georgia -2 274-284=558
2 Tennessee +7 279-288=567
3 Georgia Tech +9 288-281=569
4 Southern California +12 290-282=572
T5 UNLV +14 284-290=574
T5 Duke +14 288-286=574
T5 Georgia State +14 287-287=574
T5 Washington +14 289-285=574
T9 Augusta State +15 286-289=575
T9 BYU +15 285-290=575
11 Arizona State +16 291-285=576
12 Arizona +18 282-296=578
T13 Florida +20 289-291=580
T13 Wake Forest +20 287-293=580
15 Oklahoma State +21 292-289=581
T17 Georgia Southern +24 286-298=584
T16 Kentucky +23 291-292=583
T18 SMU +24 287-297=584
T18 Alabama +24 291-293=584
T18 Arkansas +24 288-296=584
21 Coastal Carolina +25 284-301=585
22 Missouri +26 300-286=586
23 San Diego State +27 290-297=587
24 Stanford +28 296-292=588
25 New Mexico +29 289-300=589
T26 Tulsa +32 290-302=592
T26 Texas A&M +32 296-296=592
29 Purdue +38 299-299=598
T28 Texas +35 298-297=595
30 UCLA +40 299-301=600
Rank Individual To Par Score
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
Rank Tennessee To Par Score
T5 Ross McGowan -2 67-71=138
T21 Philip Pettitt +2 69-73=142
T57 Ben Spickard +6 77-69=146
T57 David Skinns +6 71-75=146
T119 JohnScott Rattan +11 72-79=151


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