Sept. 26, 2006
The Tennessee men's golf team fired an even-par final round and finished second at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Tuesday at the Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
"This is the most proud of any team I've coached, to be honest with you, in 18 years," said head coach Jim Kelson. "It was a super gritty performance. They were put in a tough situation and they showed a lot of determination.
The Vols ended with a tournament scorecard of 290-297-288--875, six strokes behind tournament champion Alabama, to finish as runner-up for the second consecutive year at this event.
Tennessee was left with a four-man roster after Kingston native Jonathan Mount was forced to withdraw. In the second round, Kelson said Mount bent over and "his knee just popped.
"He tried to keep going, but we, the coaches, pulled him off the course for round two," Kelson said.
Mount was further evaluated by doctors after the tournament and is expected to make a full, quick recovery.
The Vols had the best final round of the day on their way to the second place finish.
"They all knew their score counted and they all stepped up," Kelson said.
Junior Charlie Ford was the top finisher for UT, shooting an even-par 72 final round to conclude the day in fourth place. Ford went even-par for the tournament and had a final scorecard of 75-69-72--216.
Also finding his way into the top 10 was Murfreesboro native Philip Pettitt. Pettitt recorded a final round 3-over-par 75 to end with a 54-hole total of 219.
Chris Paisley had the best final round for the Volunteers. The sophomore fired a 3-under-par 69, finishing in 13th with a scorecard of 73-78-69--220.
Tino Weiss rounded out the lineup for Tennessee. Weiss had his best round of the tournament, an even-par 72, and was tied for 23rd at the end of the day.
Florida State's Jonas Blixt fired a final round 5-under-par 67 to take the individual crown with a three-round score of 211. In second, with a score of 214, was LSU's Brian Noonan. Florida State's Matt Savage finished third, four strokes back of Blixt.
With the help of two players in the top five, Alabama went wire to wire to take home the team championship. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 5-over-par and had a final scorecard of 288-288-293--869. Tennessee finished in second with a total score of 875, with Florida State, Central Florida and Auburn rounding out the top five.
"(In preseason publications) We were slighted by some people...they didn't think we were going to be very good. But this should prove a lot to them and hopefully it will help us," Kelson said. "Our team did a great job.
Next up for the Volunteers is the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate Oct. 14-15 at the Ridges in Johnson City, Tenn.
|3.||Florida State||882 (293-294-295)|
|6.||Michigan State||893 (296-293-304)|
|8.||North Carolina State||896 (296-295-305)|
|13.||Georgia Southern||906 (305-299-302)|
|14.||North Florida||909 (305-301-303)|
|1.||Jonas Blixt, Florida State||68-76-67--211|
|2.||Brian Noonan, LSU||74-68-72--214|
|3.||Matt Savage, Florida State||69-72-74--215|
|4.||Charlie Ford, Tennessee||75-69-72--216|
|5t.||Gator Todd, Alabama||68-73-76--217|
|5t.||Mark Harrell, Alabama||72-73-72--217|