Oct. 21, 2002
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee and Georgia completed Day 1 of the 15th annual Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament tied for the lead after each team fired 16-under-par scores of 560.
After playing 36 holes in today's opening round, the teams will play 18 holes in tomorrow's final round at Holston Hills Country Club.
The Vols, seeking their first-ever back-to-back titles after winning the event a year ago, got out of the gate strong by posting a 12-under-par 276 before carding a 284 (-4) in the afternoon round. Georgia recorded rounds of 280 (-8) in each round today."I was very pleased with our team's effort and they way they went about things," UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "I felt a 16-under par would be leading after the first day, but that was a goal of ours and we met it. We need to play very well tomorrow to win. This was a big day for us. It was important for us to get off to a good start and hopefully we have gathered some confidence and momentum."
Vanderbilt (561) trails the leaders by just one heading into tomorrow, while College of Charleston (564) and East Tennessee State (574) round out the top five.
Tennessee's David Skinns is in a three-way tie for the individual lead after recording rounds of 68-67--135 (-9). Skinns shares the lead with Vanderbilt Brandt Snedeker (69-66--135) and Bruce McDonald of the College of Charleston (67-68--135). South Alabama's Gareth Maybin (67-70--139) and Tennessee's John Scott Rattan (69-70--139) will begin Tuesday's round within striking distance of the leaders.
Tennessee senior Ian Parnaby, who tied for fifth individually in last year's TOC, fired a 70-72--142 today, tying him for 14th-place. Freshman Lawrence Dodd made it four of the team members with par or better, shooting a 69-75--144 to tie him at 23rd, while senior Andrew Pratt rounds out the Vol team scoring with a 73-82--155.
Four Vols competed as individuals, including sophomore Brandon Skeen who carded
a 72-70--142, tying him in 14th-place. Sophomore Ross McGowan ended the day
tied for 28th with scores of 76-71--146, while freshman Chris Robinson (45th-t)
was two strokes back at 78-70--148. Freshman Clint Cromwell, who is competing
in his first event at UT, fired a 78-80--158 for 76th place.