June 3, 2005
The 10th-seeded Tennessee men's golf team made the cut for the final round of the NCAA Championships in Baltimore, Md., as the field was cut from 30 teams to 15. The Vols enter the final round with a scorecard of 279-288-313--880 to stand tied for 12th at Caves Valley Golf Club. This marks the first time since 1981 UT has qualified for the final round. That year the Vols finished tied for seventh.
Tennessee found itself not only battling the country's top teams, but also the weather as it rained for most of the day. Senior Ross McGowan recorded UT's lowest score of the day, a 75 for a three-day total of 213. Despite slipping in his score, he stands tied for eighth, six strokes off the lead. His round consisted of two birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.
Senior John Scott Rattan fired a 78 for a total of 229 to stand tied for 118th. Rattan, who is playing in his home state of Maryland, turned in a scorecard that included one birdie, seven bogeys and a double bogey.
Freshman Philip Pettitt was the third scorer for UT with a 79. Pettitt has a three-day total of 221 and stands second overall in Tennessee scoring in a tie for 51st. Pettitt struggled on the front nine with six bogeys, but minimized his mistakes with three bogeys on the back nine to finish out the round.
Senior David Skinns was the final scorer for Tennessee. Skinns carded an 81 for a total score of 227 and is in a tie for 104th.
Freshman Ben Spickard finished with a 13-over-par 83 for a 229 and a tie for 118th as the Vols fifth team member.
The Georgia Bulldogs continue to hold the lead with a three-day total of 855. Georgia Tech moved to second with an 864, while Southern California is third with an 875. UNLV rounds out the top four with an 876.
Michael Putnam of Pepperdine maintains the lead in the individual portion of the tournament from the second round. Putnam's three-day total of 207 has him leading by one stroke over Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech and Major Manning of Augusta State who both have scores of 208.
Tennessee will conclude the 2005 season Saturday with the final round of the tournament.
|The top 15 teams advance to the Final Round|
|23||San Diego State||+53||290-297-306=893|
|1||Michael Putnam, Pepperdine||-3||67-67-73=207|
|T2||Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech||-2||69-68-71=208|
|T2||Major Manning, Augusta State||-2||65-70-73=208|
|T4||John Holmes, Kentucky||+1||70-72-69=211|
|T4||Aron Price, Georgia Southern||+1||66-73-72=211|
|T6||Taylor Wood, USC||+2||72-68-72=212|
|T6||Joshua Wooding, USC||+2||71-68-73=212|
|T118||John Scott Rattan||+19||72-79-78=229|