Oct. 20, 2003
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee men's golf team fielded two squads for this year's Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions with Tennessee Orange standing tied for second with a 285-281--566 and Tennessee White in sixth with a 289-289--578. Leading the tournament is the Swedish Junior National Team who fired a 279-284--563. The tournament is being held at Holston Hills Country Club (par 72, 6,991 yards).
The Orange squad is led by juniors Ross McGowan and John Scott Rattan, who both finished the day in the top 10. McGowan stands in a tie for eighth with a 4-under-par 71-69--140. For the day McGowan totaled seven birdies, with three coming during the first round and four in the second. Rattan stands one stroke back of McGowan with a 70-71--141. Rattan finished the day with 10 birdies (six during the first round and four in the second).
Next for the Orange team is junior David Skinns with a scorecard of 69-73--142 tying him for 13th. Skinns got off to a hot start in the opening round with three birdies, as well as an eagle. The second round saw him go 1-over-par with three birdies and four bogeys.
Freshman Jonathan Mount, who is making his first appearance as a Vol, stands tied for 18th. Mount shot a 74-69--143. The day started rocky for Mount with four bogeys and only two birdies, but he was able to rebound on the final 18 that included two birdies and an eagle on holes 16-18.
Rounding out the Orange Team is freshman Ross Cox with a 76-78--154 to tie him for 67th place.
Tennessee White ended the day with junior Brandon Skeen being the highest Vol in sixth-t place. Skeen fired a 70-69--139 (5-under par). Skeen played consistent for much of the day, turning in five birdies during the first round, as well as five more in the second. While Skeen was the only member of the White team in the top 10, sophomore Lloyd Campbell and freshman Tino Weiss put together solid rounds to help the team score.
Campbell ended the day tied for 23rd with a 75-70--145, while Weiss is in 30th-t with a 71-75--146. Junior Ricky Honeycutt and redshirt freshman John Brannen rounded out the White team's scoring. Honeycutt fired a 73-75--148 to tie for 42nd, while Brannen stands tied for 64th with a scorecard of 76-78--154.
Rounding out the top teams following the Swedish Junior National team is No. 24 Georgia Southern, who is tied for second with Tennessee Orange. Georgia Southern ended the day with a scorecard of 285-281--566. Vanderbilt is in fourth with a 286-284--570 and is followed by Pepperdine in fifth with a 292-282--574.
The Swedish Junior National team also has an individual leading the individual portion of the tournament. Jonas Blixt fired a 68-65--133 (11-under-par) to lead by two strokes over Aron Price of Georgia Southern who shot a 69-66--135. Blixt's score of 133 breaks the tournament record for a lowest two-round total, which was originally held by Nick Rousey of Alabama and Boomer Erick of Tennessee with scores of 134.
Rounding out the top individuals is Jeremy Luce of Virginia in third with a 67-69--136, and Jay Woodson of James Madison and Mark Donnell of Vanderbilt in a tie for fourth. Woodson ended the day with a 71-66--137, while Donnell had a 70-67--137.
Tennessee looks to claim its third Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions title and first since 2001 with Tuesday's final round of play. Tennessee Orange begins play at 9:52 a.m., while Tennessee White opens play at 8:58 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held after the final round is concluded at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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