Oct. 5, 2003
DALTON, Ga.--The Tennessee men's golf team turned in a 4-under-par 284 to conclude play at the 2003 Carpet Capital Collegiate and finish tied for ninth with SEC rival and 20th-ranked Auburn. For the tournament, which was played at The Farm Golf Club, the Vols carded a 303-294-284--881.
Freshman Ross Cox led the Vols as he notched a 17th-t place finish. For the tournament Cox had a 75-67-74--216. Cox's final round opened on the back nine with him parring the first three holes before recording back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. He then bogeyed No. 17 to enter the final nine at 1-under-par. The front nine saw Cox slip with three bogeys on Nos. 3, 7 and 8 to close out at three-over-par for the day.
Finishing second in Vol scoring was junior John Scott Rattan with a 72-77-69--218 to tie for 25th. Rattan got off to a hot start with birdies on three of the first four holes. He bogeyed 17 before making another birdie to make the turn at 2-under-par. The final nine opened with three-straight pars before a bogey on four, followed by his fifth birdie of the day to end the final round at 3-under-par.
Junior Ross McGowan turned in UT's lowest score of the day at 67 to end with a scorecard of 81-76-67--224. McGowan played a flawless round that included five birdies on hole Nos. 1, 14, 15, 16 and 18. He also had no bogeys for the day to finish tied for 52nd. Fellow junior David Skinns also finished tied for 52nd with a scorecard of 75-75-74--224. Skinns struggled to open play with a bogey and a double bogey, but had birdies on Nos. 11 and 17 to make the turn at 2-over-par. Skinns had another double-bogey on the second hole, but came back with birdies on six and seven to close out with a 74.
Rounding out the Vol scoring was sophomore Lloyd Campbell in 78th with an 81-76-76--233. Campbell began play with four-straight pars before a bogey on No. 14, followed by a birdie on 15. Another bogey on 17 caused him to enter the final nine holes at 1-over-par. Campbell slipped on the back nine, turning in bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3 and a double-bogey on No. 5. He then birdied No. 8 to end the tournament at 4-over-par. Top-ranked Florida claimed top team honors. The Gators fired a 295-277-281--853 to win the tournament by five strokes over Texas and Clemson who tied for second. The Longhorns and Tigers, ranked sixth and second, respectively, finished the tournament with scores of 858. Rounding out the top five teams was No. 8 Georgia in fourth with an 863 and No. 13 Georgia Tech in fifth with an 864.
The Vols finished the tournament ahead of six teams in the Precept Coaches Poll. Wake Forest and UNLV who share the No. 9 ranking finished 11th and 12th, respectively, while No. 7 Texas Christian finished tied for 13th, No. 19 Oklahoma in 15th, No. 18 North Carolina State in 16th and No. 11 Southern California in 17th.
Jason Hartwick of Texas claimed medalist honors in the individual portion of the tournament by firing a 71-65-67--203. Eirik Johansen of South Carolina finished five strokes back in second with a 76-67-65--208. James Heath of Augusta State and Matt Hendrix of Clemson rounded out the top competitors by finishing in a tie for third with scores of 209.
The Vols will next be in action Oct. 20-21, when they host the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at Holston Hills Country Club.