Sept. 13, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's golf team opened the 2005 fall season on a high note at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, setting numerous tournament records on its way to a 32-stroke win. Vol golfers Lloyd Campbell and Philip Pettitt tied for top honors individually with both players scoring a 12-under-par 201.
Coming into the 18th annual Tournament of Champions, the lowest-team-round ever was a 274 by N.C. State in 1998. The 2005 Vols squad surpassed that number twice. Tennessee shot a 268 in the opening round to gain an 11-stroke advantage over the field, and after pushing that lead to 18 strokes after two rounds, recorded a 272 in the final round for its final winning margin of 32. Tennessee's overall tournament score 268-278-272-818 sets a new low three-round score for the TOC. The previous three-round team low was 840 by Georgia in 2002.
Campbell and Pettitt broke former teammate David Skinns TOC record of lowest three-round score by a Vol by 4 strokes. Campbell had a two-stroke lead heading into Tuesday's final round but Pettitt fired a five-under-par 66, to make up the difference and tie his teammate. Campbell fired a 66-67-68-201 and Pettitt finished with a 66-69-66-201. Sophomore Jonathan Mount finished with a scorecard of 66-69-70-205 to finish fourth.
Chris Paisley competing as an individual shot a 66 in the final round to finish three-under-par and become the fourth Vol to finish in the top-10. Charles Ford recorded a final round 72 for his best round of the tournament.
The 2005 championship represents Tennessee's fourth TOC title ever. 2005 also marks the first time Tennessee has an individual win the tournament since 1992.
Tennessee returns to action Sept. 26-27 when it travels to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the Shoal Creek Invitational.