Oct. 15, 2002
TAMPA. Fla.--The Tennessee men's golf team finished fifth at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Invitational with scores of 283-289--572. The tournament, which was held at Old Memorial Golf Course (par 72, 7,028 yards), was shortened to two rounds because of bad weather.
Sophomore David Skinns recorded his first top 10 finish of the season to lead the Vols. Skinns turned in scores of 71-70--141, finishing tied for 10th. Senior Ian Parnaby and sophomore John-Scott Rattan ended two strokes back of Skinns with scores of 143 to tie them for 19th. Parnaby shot a 68-75--143, while Rattan had a 72-71--143. Senior Andrew Pratt finished tied for 28th with a 72-73--145 and sophomore Ross McGowan shot a 79-80--159 to finish tied for 73rd to round out the Vol team scoring. Sophomore Brandon Skeen competed as an individual for UT, shooting an 83-75--158 for a 71st-t place finish.
Brandt Snedeker of Vanderbilt and Zach Doran of Ohio State finished tied for first in the individual portion of the tournament. Snedeker carded a 68-67--135, while Doran had a 64-71--135. Jordan Code and James Vargas of Florida finished third and fourth respectively. Code turned in a 72-66--138 to edge Vargas who had a 69-70--139.
The third-ranked Florida Gators won the tournament with scores of 285-279--564. Kentucky and Arkansas finished tied for second with scores of 567, with Ohio State (571) in fourth to round out the top teams.
The Vols will next be in action from Oct. 21-22 as they host the 2002 Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at Holston Hills Country Club. Tennessee enters the tournament as the defending champion, winning last year with scores of 287-278-276--841.