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Vol Golfers Close Out Season With 11th-Place Finish at NCAA Championships
Ross McGowan

Ross McGowan

June 4, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The 10th-seeded Tennessee men's golf team closed out the 2004-05 season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Vols finished the tournament with a scorecard of 279-288-313-290--1170 at Caves Valley Golf Club. This marked the first time since 1981 UT had played on the final day and their highest finish since 1995 when it tied for 16th.

Seniors Ross McGowan and David Skinns each finished the tournament with scores of 70. McGowan led UT with a four-day total of 67-71-75-70--283 to finish tied for seventh. The top-10 finish was the sixth of the year for McGowan. His final round consisted of four birdies and bogeys.

Skinns concluded his collegiate career with a scorecard of 71-75-81-70--297 to tie for 51st. His improved play from the third round saw him record three birdies and three bogeys in an 11-stroke turn-around.

Fellow senior John Scott Rattan carded a 74 in his final college round for a four-day total of 303 and a tie for 70th. He recorded two bogeys, one double bogey and 15 pars.

Freshman Ben Spickard was the fourth scorer for the Vols with a 76 to total a 305. Spickard's first trip to the NCAA finals saw him finish in a tie for 73rd. His round included one birdie and seven bogeys.

Rounding out the Tennessee contingent was freshman Philip Pettitt with a final round score of 79 for a total of 300. Pettitt struggled for much of the day, carding one birdie, four bogeys and three double bogeys.

The Georgia Bulldogs claimed the national title with an 11-stroke victory and a scorecard of 274-284-297-280--1135. Finishing runner-up was Georgia Tech with an 1146. Washington (1153) was third, while Brigham Young (1154) and New Mexico (1158) rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

 

 

James Lepp of Washington claimed the individual national championship in a playoff over Michael Putnam of Pepperdine. Both players ended the tournament with scores of 276, but Lepp claimed the title on the third hole of the playoff. Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech finished third with a 279.

The Vols conclude the season with a record of 139-59-4 (.698) and an SEC record of 30-19-2 (608). They claimed three team championships during the season at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate, Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions and Ashworth Collegiate Invitational. David Skinns was the SEC individual champion while garnering first-team all conference honors for the third time in his career. Ross McGowan received second-team honors for the first time. Tennessee also claimed a program first when it received the top ranking in the country during the season.

Rank Team To Par Score
1 Georgia +15 274-284-297-280=1135
2 Georgia Tech +26 288-281-295-282=1146
3 Washington +33 289-285-303-276=1153
4 BYU +34 285-290-304-275=1154
5 New Mexico +38 289-300-291-278=1158
6 USC +39 290-282-303-284=1159
7 Kentucky+41 291-292-294-284=1161
T8 UNLV +42 284-290-302-286=1162
T8 Duke +42 288-286-303-285=1162
10 Augusta State +44 286-289-302-287=1164
T11 Tennessee +50 279-288-313-290=1170
T11 Arizona State +50 291-285-301-293=1170
T13 Georgia State +53 287-287-305-294=1173
T13 Georgia Southern +53 286-298-299-290=1173
15 Oklahoma State +57 292-289-301-295=1177
 
Rank Individual To Par Score
James Lepp (Washington) defeated Michael Putnam (Pepperdine) on the 3rd hole of the playoff for the individual Championship.
T1 James Lepp, Washington -4 70-67-76-63=276
T1 Michael Putnam, Pepperdine -4 67-67-73-69=276
3 Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech -1 69-68-71-71=279
4 Major Manning, Augusta State +1 65-70-73-73=281
T5 Rob Grube, Stanford +2 71-71-72-68=282
T5 Ryan Moore, UNLV +2 72-73-71-66=282
 
Rank Tennessee To Par Score
T7 Ross McGowan +3 67-71-75-70=283
T51 David Skinns +17 71-75-81-70=297
T61 Philip Pettitt +20 69-73-79-79=300
T70 John Scott Rattan +23 72-79-78-74=303
T73 Ben Spickard +25 77-69-83-76=305
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