Sept. 11, 2004
Playing in his first tournament as a Vol, freshman Philip Pettitt fired a 69-72-141 to lead the Tennessee men's golf team at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate. As a team, the Volunteers turned in a 282-292-574 to stand tied for second heading into Sunday's final round. The tournament is being played at The Ridges Golf and County Club (par 72, 7,001 yards).
Pettitt opened play on the back nine with birdies on holes 12 and 14, followed by bogeys on 16 and 17 to enter the front nine at even par. The final nine saw him birdie holes one, four and eight to end the first round with a 3-under-par 69. The second round saw Pettitt turn in an even-par 72 with three birdies and three bogeys to stand in fifth place.
Senior David Skinns is next in Vol scoring. After struggling to open play with a 2-over-par 74, he came back with a 2-under-par 70 for an even-par 144 to stand tied for 15th. Skinns struggled to open play with a 5-over-par 41 that included a birdie, bogey, double bogey and triple bogey. He bounced back with three birdies on one, four and nine to end the first round. His second round saw him record birdies on three, nine and 13 before his lone mistake of the round on 18, a bogey, for a 70.
Junior Lloyd Campbell is next for UT with a 73-72-145 to tie for 19th. Campbell's opening round included a bogey and triple bogey on the first nine holes, followed by four birdies and a bogey on the final nine. His second round saw him turn in an even score with four birdies and four bogeys.
Seniors John Scott Rattan and Ross McGowan round out the team scoring in 27th-t and 69th-t place, respectively. Rattan fired a 68-78-146, while McGowan had a 72-82-154. Rattan's two rounds saw him record five birdies and a bogey during the opening round, but he slipped during the second with seven bogeys and a birdie. McGowan's first round saw him record three birdies and three bogeys, while the second round was a struggle with one birdie, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
Senior Brandon Skeen is competing as an individual for the Vols, as he stands in 79th place with a 78-81-159. Skeen fired one birdie, four bogeys and a triple bogey in the first round, while during the second he carded a birdie, five bogeys, a double bogey and triple bogey.
Leading the tournament is Oklahoma University. The Sooners turned in scores of 290-282-572 to lead by four strokes. There is a three-way tie for second between Tennessee, Clemson, and Texas Christian with scores of 574.
Anthony Kim of Oklahoma leads the individual portion of the tournament with a 68-68-136. Brian Duncan of Clemson is in second with a 68-69-137, while Webb Simpson of Wake Forest (138) and Drew Pigg (139) of Texas Christian round out the top four in third and fourth, respectively.
The Vols return to action Sunday with the final round of play. A link to live scoring is available at www.UTsports.com.