John Scott Rattan
Sept. 14, 2003
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn.--The Tennessee men's golf team finished 11th at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate with scores of 288-294-308--890. Leading the way for the Vols was junior John Scott Rattan, who finished tied for ninth with a 69-68-78--215. The tournament, which consisted of 12 top-25 programs, was played at The Ridges Golf Club.
Rattan, who entered the round 7-under-par, was unable to get on track to start the round, as he bogeyed holes three and six, before double-bogeying No. 7 to make the turn at 4-over-par. Rattan then came back with two birdies on holes 10 and 14, before slipping with bogeys on 15, 17 and a double bogey on 18 to finish the day with a 78. Despite the 78, he still finished the tournament at 1-under-par.
Junior Ricky Honeycutt and freshman Tino Weiss, both newcomers to the Vol golf team, finished tied for 70th and 77th, respectively. Honeycutt turned in a 75-79-75--229, while Weiss shot a 76-79-77--232.
Freshman Ross Cox, who was competing as an individual, finished tied for 33rd with a 71-74-76--221.
The No.3-ranked Florida Gators claimed top team honors with a 290-280-284--854. The Gators, who are the defending SEC Champions, won by five strokes over No. 12 Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs had a scorecard of 294-283-282--859. Top-ranked Clemson and No. 16 Southern California tied for third with scores of 871, while No. 23 South Carolina rounded out the top five teams with an 872.
Other top 25 teams to finish include No. 5 Georgia (874) in sixth, No. 19 Wake Forest (881) in eighth, No. 10 Georgia Tech (883) in ninth, No. 13 North Carolina in 10th, No. 21 Auburn (899) in 14th and No. 22 East Tennessee State (905) in 17th.
Bill Haas, of Wake Forest, won the individual portion of the tournament with a 67-68-71--206. Haas won by four strokes over Martin Rominger of South Carolina and Camilo Villegas of Florida who tied for second with scores of 210. James Vargas (212) of Florida and Colby Beckstrom (213) of Texas Christian rounded out the top five individuals by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The 25th-ranked Vols next travel to Dalton, Ga., to compete in the Carpet Capital Collegiate, Oct. 3-5, at The Farm Golf Course.