Oct. 13, 2012
The Tennessee men's golf team continued their dominance on Saturday. The Vols capped off another great round of golf at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club, shooting 1-under par (287) for the second round. After two days of play, Tennessee sits in sole possession of first place with a 9-under par (567).
The Vols' senior leader Rick Lamb lost hold of his first place position on Saturday. Lamb's second round consisted of 1-over par (73), which saw him slide into a tie for third place. With a two round total of 4-under par (140) for the tournament, Lamb sits in prime striking position just 6 shots back of the individual leader, Memphis' Grant Milner.
Tennessee's biggest second round jump came from newcomer Thomas Dunne. Dunne started the day tied for 22nd place, but finished tied for 6th. He rebounded from shooting an even (72) first round to posting a 3-under (69) second round. Performances like Dunne's on Saturday are reason for Tennessee's 3 stroke cushion atop the team leaderboard.
In their third tournament of the season, the Volunteers' have found success in their new lineup mixing young and veteran players. Seniors Lamb and Jay Vandeventer have provided great experience and leadership along with the emergence of newcomers Dunne and Mike Nagy, who have been the models of consistency.
Vols' head coach Jim Kelson has been thrilled with the team's play thus far. "I'm really proud of our guys," said Kelson. "They just have to continue to go out there and compete at the highest level and make the Vol Nation proud."
The Volunteers' competition at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate has been fierce. Currently, Virginia is 3 shots back of the lead and 12th ranked Missouri is 4 shots back. Tennessee will have to band together and produce one more solid round of golf on Sunday to capture the championship.
Individually, Memphis' Milner leads the pack shooting a 10-under (134) for the tournament, which is 5 strokes better than his nearest competition.
The play of the tournament still has been UNC-Wilmington's Stefan Brewer ace on the 16 hole.
Sunday's third round begins at 8:30 a.m. ET, with Tennessee opening play at 10:10 a.m. when Marshall Talkington tees off. Tennessee's third round play will see them paired alongside golfers from Virginia and Missouri. Freshman Chad Merzbacher, who is playing as an individual, will also be teeing off at 10:10 a.m., but on the 10th hole.
Sunday's weather forecast for Jonesborough, Tenn., looks to be partly to mainly cloudy. The temperature should be in the lower 70s, with a high of 74 degrees. The winds will be blowing from south at 10-15 mph, with a chance of rain at 10%.
Volunteer fans can keep up with the action on Golfstat.com.
Fans can also stay updated by following @Vol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Through 2nd Round)|
|5.||Virginia Tech||572 (-4)|
|6.||Coastal Carolina||573 (-3)|
|7.||Wake Forest||575 (-1)|
|12.||Penn State||590 (+14)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Through 2nd Round)|
|1.||Grant Milner, Memphis||134 (-10)|
|2.||Evan Beck, Wake Forest||139 (-5)|
|T-3.||Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE||140 (-4)|
|T-3.||Jace Long, Missouri||140 (-4)|
|UT SCORES (Through 2nd Round)|
|T-3.||Rick Lamb||140 (-4)|
|T-6.||Thomas Dunne||141 (-3)|
|T-11.||Michael Nagy||142 (-2)|
|T-16.||Jay Vandeventer||144 (E)|
|T-38.||Chad Merzbacher||147 (+3)|
|T-46.||Marshall Talkington||148 (+4)|