PhotosWhen the members of the Tennessee men’s golf team teed off for the first day of the 2008 Kelson Cup intra-squad competition, the Kelson Cup trophy was not the only thing at stake.
Bragging rights among the team members are at stake as well.
But that will have to wait at least one more day as the American and European teams finished the day tied 1-1.
The team of Chris Paisley and Charlie Ford defeated Philip Pettitt and David Holmes 1-up, giving the European team one win. Paisley and Ford staged a comeback after being down with only a few holes to go.
Sophomore James Brannen and senior Ben Spickard made sure that the American team did not finish the day down 2-0 as they defeated the freshman duo of Daniel Casey and Robin Wingardh 2 and 1.
“We had a good day, to halve and be tied going into Friday is a good result,” Pettitt said. “Friday we are playing at Egwani Farms and I think it will be a good opportunity for our guys, hopefully get a lead. Hopefully we can get the job done and have the lead going into Saturday.”
Friday’s second round will be played at Egwani Farms in a best-ball format. As defined by the USGA Rules of Golf best ball is, “a match in which ones plays against the better ball of two or the best ball of three players.”
The pairings for Friday’s matches will be newcomer Casey and senior Ford for Europe against freshman Cameron Lawrence and Brannen for the Americans. Paisley and Wingardh will represent the Europeans and face off against Spickard and freshman Justin Walker for USA.
The third and final round will take place Saturday morning also at Egwani Farms.