Sept. 9, 2011
BY JOHN PAINTER
Scorecards for Keddie and Porteous showed matching numbers on just eight of the 18 holes, yet the frequent playing partners from England recorded identical rounds of 36 on both nines at The Farm Golf Club.
"I hit the ball really well," Keddie said. "I started off flagging a few iron shots but just couldn't get the ball in the hole. It's hard to attack a lot of pins out here. You've just got to take 15- and 20-footers a lot of the time and just hope for the best.
"Toward the end I had a few scrappy shots, but I managed to make a couple of up-and-downs and it was nice to finish off like that."
Porteous carded five birdies to Keddie's two, but the senior had to fight through double bogeys at Nos. 9 and 14.
"I got off to a good start, almost holing my second shot at the first," said Porteous, who with Keddie is tied for 14th. "Nine was just a bad wedge shot, really. I felt I had a good number but just didn't get through it. Then I doubled 14 with another bad wedge shot.
"Just an up-and-down day but I held it together."
Still Time to Improve
Tennessee shot 5-over 293 as a team, and Vols head coach Jim Kelson agreed that it wasn't the effort he hoped for to begin the fall season.
"Just a few too many bad holes and that was about it," Kelson said. "We just didn't play particularly well. We've got some work to do and we still have a shot to move up."
Jay Vandeventer fired a 1-over 73. The junior from Bristol answered his opening 39 with a team-low 34 on the back nine thanks to seven pars and a pair of birdies on the par-5s.
"It's a scorable course, but you've got to hit it in the fairways and then place it around the greens when you get the chance," Vandeventer said. "I had a little trouble on nine (double-bogey), but I fought through it and made a couple of birdies coming in."
Vandeventer is tied for 22nd place.
Marshall Talkington was 2 over par in the middle of the 18th fairway when his approach sailed long and into a greenside bunker. Not only that, it plugged on the far upslope. Four shots later, he walked away with double-bogey for an opening 76 that closed out the UT scoring.
"You can't go long on 18," Talkington said. "My choice at that point was chip it out right of the green or leave myself a 100-footer. It was tough."
The Jackson sophomore carded 13 pars and one birdie, and says he's looking forward to the next two rounds.
"I had a lot of really good saves today and also made a lot of stupid mistakes," he said. "I'll just work on that the rest of this week and try to be a little bit smarter."
Darren Renwick also scored just one birdie, at the downhill par-3 13th hole. But while Renwick never let any holes get away from him, the senior also never could get any momentum going and shot an opening 78 to tie for 51st place.
"It's playing very different to previous years," Renwick said. "It's a lot softer and the greens are nowhere near as fast. But I just didn't play that great. I was just missing and paying the price for it."
Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech led the first-day scoring at 2-under 286, with Chattanooga and Clemson the only other squads under par at 287. Georgia (289), Auburn (290) and Alabama (291) rounded out the top six ahead of Tennessee (293).
The Vols open Round 2 here Saturday at 10 a.m. on the No. 10 hole, playing once again with LSU and Auburn. The weather forecast calls for temperatures to warm into the lower 80s under sunny skies, with winds less than 10 mph.
Live scoring is available Saturday on UTSports.com via Golfstat.com.
|1.||Georgia Tech||286 (-2)|
|9.||South Carolina||295 (+7)|
|10.||Middle Tennessee||297 (+9)|
|11.||Wake Forest||298 (+10)|
|12.||Kennesaw State||301 (+13)|
|1.||Stephen Jaeger, Chattanooga||68 (-4)|
|T-2.||Drew Czuchry, Georgia Tech||69 (-3)|
|T-2.||Michael Cromie, Georgia||69 (-3)|
|T-4.||Caulder Moore, South Carolina||70 (-2)|
|T-4.||Hunter Green, Middle Tennessee||70 (-2)|
|T-4.||Will McCurdy, Auburn||70 (-2)|
|T-4.||McCuen Elmore, Clemson||70 (-2)|
|T-4.||Corbin Mills, Clemson||70 (-2)|
|T-4.||Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech||70 (-2)|
|T-14.||Danny Keddie||72 (E)|
|T-14.||Garrick Porteous||72 (E)|
|T-22.||Jay Vandeventer||73 (+1)|
|T-40.||Marshall Talkington||76 (+4)|
|T-51.||Darren Renwick||78 (+6)|