Vol Golfers Make Cut For Final Round at NCAA Championships

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.

Rank Team To Par Score
1 Georgia +15 274-284-297=855
2 Georgia Tech +24 288-281-295=864
3 USC +35 290-282-303=875
4 UNLV +36 284-290-302=876
T5 Duke +37 288-286-303=877
T5 Arizona State +37 291-285-301=877
T5 Washington +37 289-285-303=877
T5 Kentucky +37 291-292-294=877
T5 Augusta State +37 286-289-302=877
T10 Georgia State +39 287-287-305=879
T10 BYU +39 285-290-304=879
T12 New Mexico +40 289-300-291=880
T12 Tennessee +40 279-288-313=880
14 Oklahoma State +42 292-289-301=882
15 Georgia Southern +43 286-298-299=883
The top 15 teams advance to the Final Round
16 Wake Forest +44 287-293-304=884
17 Arizona +45 282-296-307=885
T18 Florida +48 289-291-308=888
T18 Stanford +48 296-292-300=888
T20 Missouri +50 300-286-304=890
T20 Coastal Carolina +50 284-301-305=890
22 SMU +52 287-297-308=892
23 San Diego State +53 290-297-306=893
T24 Texas +54 298-297-299=894
T24 Texas A&M +54 296-296-302=894
T24 Arkansas +54 288-296-310=894
27 Purdue +55 299-299-297=895
28 Alabama +57 291-293-313=897
29 Tulsa +59 290-302-307=899
30 UCLA +63 299-301-303=903
Rank Individual To Par Score
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
Rank Tennessee To Par Score
T8 Ross McGowan +3 67-71-75=213
T50 Philip Pettitt +11 69-73-79=221
T105 David Skinns +17 71-75-81=227
T118 John Scott Rattan +19 72-79-78=229
T118 Ben Spickard +19 77-69-83=229


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