Sept. 12, 2004
The Tennessee men's golf team opened the 2004-05 season in grand fashion with a championship sweep at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate. The team took top honors with a 282-292-280-854 (10-under-par), while freshman Philip Pettitt won the individual title with a 69-72-67-208. The tournament was held at The Ridges Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,147 yards).
The tournament sweep marked the first time a UT golf team has accomplished this since 2002 when they won the team and individual titles at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational. David Skinns, then a freshman, won the individual title.
Pettitt's final round score of 67 marked the lowest round of the day by a participant, which helped him to a 2-stroke victory over Anthony Kim of Oklahoma (210). Pettitt opened play on the front nine with a 2-under-par 34. He birdied holes two and five before a bogey on eight. He recorded his third birdie of the round on nine to make the turn. The back nine saw him card four more birdies on 10, 13, 14 and 18, as well as one bogey on 15 for a 3-under-par 33.
Junior Lloyd Campbell and seniors John Scott Rattan and David Skinns were next in Vol scoring in a tie for 10th. Campbell ended the tournament with a scorecard of 73-72-71--216. He opened play on the front nine with an even-par 36 that included two birdies and two bogeys. His final nine saw him par the first four holes before a birdie on 14. He bogeyed 16 to return to even-par, but came back with another birdie on 17 to close out the round.
Rattan fired a 68-78-70-216 during the final round to improve his position from being tied for 27th to tying for 10th. His round opened with three straight pars before a birdie on four. From there he would par the remaining five holes to make the turn at 1-under-par. He would continue his success with three more birdies on 10 and 14 before bogeying 18 to close out the round.
Skinns concluded the tournament with a 72 to go with a 74-70 for a three-round total of 216. He opened the day with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine that included a birdie on the sixth hole. From there he would record another birdie and two bogeys for a 1-over-par 37 to close out the tournament.
Fellow senior Ross McGowan also carded a final round 72 to go with a 72-82 for a total of 226 to finish tied for 58th. McGowan opened play with a bogey on one, but rebounded with consecutive birdies on holes three and four. He then bogeyed the sixth hole to make the turn at even-par. On the back nine he birdied 10 and 14 but bogeys on 12 and 15 returned him to even par to close the round.
Senior Brandon Skeen, competing as an individual, finished 81st with a scorecard of 78-81-93-252. Skeen was never able to get on track during the final round, recording a 16-over-par 52 on holes 10 through 18. The final nine saw him improve by 11 strokes with a 5-over-par 41 to close out the round.
Finishing three strokes back of the Vols in second was Texas Christian with a 286-288-283-857. Clemson (861), Oklahoma (870) and Wake Forest (871) rounded out the top five teams.
Rounding out the top individuals behind Pettitt and Kim was Brian Duncan of Clemson and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest in a tie for third with scores of 211 and Nathan Smith of Duke in fifth with a 212.
Tennessee returns to action Sept. 17-19 when it competes in the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga.
|East Tennessee State||297-296-292-885|
|10th-t||John Scott Rattan||68-78-70-216|
|81st||Brandon Skeen (Ind.)||78-81-93-252|
|1st||Phillip Pettitt, Tennessee||69-72-67-208|
|2nd||Anthony Kim, Oklahoma||68-68-74-210|
|3rd||Brian Duncan, Clemson||68-69-74-211|
|Webb Simpson, Wake Forest||68-70-73-211|
|5th||Nathan Smith, Duke||70-74-68-212|