Oct. 22, 2002
KNOXVILLE -- Despite shooting a blistering 22-under-par, Tennessee finished two shots behind Georgia in the 2002 Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions played at Knoxville's Holston Hills Country Club.
The Vols and Bulldogs entered today's final round tied for the lead after 36 holes at 16-under par, but the Bulldogs carded their third consecutive round of 8-under-par (280) to take the title and set a tournament record in the process. Georgia's three-round score of 840 is one shot better than the record set by Tennessee last year at Cherokee Country Club. The Bulldogs' total also marks the best team score in the history of the tournament at Holston Hills, breaking Tulsa's 1994 mark of 842. UT's previous best three rounds at Holston Hills prior to this year was an 859.
"At the start of the week, if you said we'd shoot 22-under, I would have taken that," said Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson. "You have to take your hat off to Georgia, they really played well. The course was set up pretty demanding today and 8-under was a very fine score. We played pretty well, but were just two shots short. This was a big tournament for us. We really needed to play well this week for a variety of reasons, and I thought we did."
Vanderbilt and College of Charleston finished in a third-place tie with totals of (854), while East Tennessee State (863), LSU (870), UNC-Wilmington (870), South Alabama (872), Georgia State (877) and VCU (879) round out the top 10 in the 14-team field.
After shooting a 2-under 70 today, Tennessee's David Skinns finished one shot behind Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker (204) for the tournament's individual title with an overall total of 205 (-11). Skinns' 205 is the lowest score ever for a Vol in the TOC, breaking the previous mark of 207 held by Andrew Black in 1999 and Boomer Erick in 1994.
College of Charleston's Bruce McDonald (206) and Georgia's Kevin Kisner (207) finished third and fourth respectively, while Tennessee's John Scott Rattan and Kasper Jorgenson each recorded a 208 to finish tied for fifth-place. For Rattan, it was his highest finish as a Vol.
Other Tennessee golfers also had impressive performances. Senior Ian Parnaby finished tied for 12th after recording scores of 70-72-72--214 (2 under par). Freshman Lawrence Dodd finished one stroke behind Parnaby with a 69-75-71--215 for 17th-t place. Rounding out Tennessee's team scoring was senior Andrew Pratt at 73-82-73--842 to finish tied for 64th.
Sophomore Brandon Skeen led Vols who competed as individuals in the tournament. Skeen fired a 72-70-74--216 to finish in 19th place. Following Skeen was fellow sophomore Ross McGowan in 37th-t place with scores of 74-72-75--221. Freshman Chris Robinson finished two strokes back of McGowan with a 78-70-75--223 to finish tied for 44th. Freshman Clint Cromwell rounded out the Vol individuals with a 78-80-78--236 finishing 76th.
The Vols close out the fall portion of the schedule Nov. 4-5 when they travel
to Hawaii to compete in the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate.