June 2, 2010
OOLTEWAH - Tennessee's fortunes rose steadily and then fell suddenly Wednesday at the 2010 NCAA Men`s Golf Championships. Now it will take a near miracle for the Vols to play more than one more day here at The Honors Course.
After starting the afternoon tied for 23rd place, UT bolted to as high as 15th and appeared ready to put itself in contention heading into Round 3 for that coveted top-eight finish and berth in the national match play quarterfinals.
"We were three to four under and that's the number we were shooting at," head coach Jim Kelson said. "If we had played really well coming in, I thought we could finish at that number. But we didn't."
The Vols faded all the way back to 26th place and still face the Thursday morning task of completing their second round. Play was halted by thunderstorms for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon, and only three of Tennessee's five golfers finished their rounds.
Sophomore Garrick Porteous led the way individually for UT with a sparkling 2-under-par 70 that featured five birdies on his inward nine holes. Porteous birdied seven holes altogether and lowered his 2010 postseason stroke average to a team-leading 72.5.
"I made birdie on No. 15 just before the break," said Porteous, who jumped 31 positions to 21st place at 1-under-par 143. "The delay gave me a chance to regroup, and then I came out and made another birdie. I hit the ball really solid today and I managed to make some putts.
"It's just the work we put in through the winter. You work hard and then the results pay off."
Junior Robin Wingardh is 1 under par through 16 holes. After starting at No. 10, Wingardh birdied the 17th hole and then answered his lone bogey of the day at No. 3 with a second birdie at No. 4. Wingardh improved 22 positions to 43rd place at 1 over par for the championship.
Senior David Holmes is officially listed at 3 over par for Round 2 through 16 holes but was fashioning another outstanding round before his late troubles.
"I played 13 very solid holes today," said Holmes, who is tied for 68th place. "I was 2 under through 13 and I don't know if it was because of it being a long day or if I had a little mental lapse. You try to be mentally tough. I'm disappointed; you hate to finish like that.
"But I've got one left tomorrow where I can get a birdie. You just don't like to finish like that."
Freshman Jay Vandeventer also had his missteps late to turn a 2 under par first nine into a 5-over-par score of 77. He now sits in 136th place at 11-over-par 155.
"It was just a great round of golf," Vandeventer said of his opening nine. "I was hitting it solid and I was sticking to my routine, my game plan. I told myself to be patient and I birdied two par-3s, pretty tough holes. I was rolling it good and hitting it good.
"I made the turn, and No. 3 has been giving me some problems. I made a bogey there but I had plenty of golf left. I just ran into some trouble and couldn't get it back together. All we can do is keep fighting."
Darren Renwick improved by five shots over his opening score to shoot 77 thanks to consecutive birdies on his final two holes.
Kelson knows the odds are against his squad are steep but says the team will make another run at perfection on Thursday.
"Now it's going to take the best round of the year. It would take 8 under, 10 under -- something like that. We would have to play incredibly well.
"It's disappointing because we had a pretty good round going today and just let some slip. It was a hard stretch there but we just let too many slip and it was kind of disappointing. We just kind of had six or seven shots that weren't very good, and that's just way too many in a competition like this."
Tennessee plays Thursday in the morning group of teams, with starting times to be determined after the completion of second-round action.
KELSON PAYS TRIBUTE: Kelson took a moment during Wednesday's delay to offer his condolences to the family of Haywood Harris, Tennessee's former SID who died during the afternoon in Knoxville.
"Today is a sad day. Haywood was a neighbor of ours and what a real gentleman.
"He was a vivacious guy who sure loved Tennessee. He was a joy to be around, and I never saw him in a bad mood or say a bad thing about anybody. There aren't too many people in the world anymore who don't have bad things to say about people, but here was a guy who didn't do that. He had a lot of integrity and a lot of class. It's nice to see people like that.
"He was so nice to me, personally, and so nice to so many people."
|1.||Florida State||283-279--562 (-14)|
|2.||Oklahoma State||283-284--567 (-9)|
|3.||Georgia Tech||290-282--572 (-4)|
|4.||Augusta State||287-288--575 (-1)|
|t-5.||San Diego||294-282--576 (E)|
|t-9.||Arizona State||286-292--578 (+2)|
|14.||North Florida*||292-278--570 (+8)|
|t-15.||Southern California||295-290--585 (+9)|
|t-15.||Kent State*||292-293--585 (+9)|
|t-20.||Texas Tech||302-285--587 (+11)|
|t-23.||Oregon State||295-293--588 (+12)|
|25.||Texas A&M||285-304--589 (+13)|
|28.||Georgia Southern*||297-236--533 (+16)|
|30.||Penn State*||301-290--591 (+23)|
|1.||Alex Ching, San Diego||69-66--135 (-9)|
|t-2.||Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State||69-68--137 (-7)|
|t-2.||Henrik Norlander, Augusta State||68-69--137 (-7)|
|t-2.||Scott Langley, Illinois*||70-63--133 (-7)|
|t-5.||Seath Lauer, Florida State||69-70--139 (-5)|
|t-5.||Paul Haley, Georgia Tech||70-69--139 (-5)|
|t-21.||Garrick Porteous||73-70--143 (-1)|
|t-43.||Robin Wingardh*||74-64--138 (+1)|
|t-68.||David Holmes*||72-68--140 (+3)|
|t-136.||Jay Vandeventer||78-77--155 (+11)|
|t-151.||Darren Renwick||82-77--159 (+15)|
|*Did not complete second round.|