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Sea Best Starts Spring for Vols
Oliver Goss looks to heat up in spring.

Oliver Goss looks to heat up in spring.

Feb. 2, 2014

The Tennessee men's golf team begins its quest for another berth in the NCAA Championships as the spring season tees off at the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

The Vols will be playing against some of college's best competition at one of the nation's elite courses when play starts Monday, Feb. 3, at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

The Vols owned the Sea Best tournament last season, sweeping the championships and setting four tournament records. The record-setting performance was led by Rick Lamb. The former Volunteer claimed the Sea Best individual championship after shooting one of the best 54-hole rounds of his career. His tournament victory was highlighted by a second round 65 (-7).

After icy cold weather delayed much of Tennessee's tournament preparation, head coach Jim Kelson opted to begin the spring season with the starting five of:

Oliver Goss
Chad Merzbacher
Marshall Talkington
Brandon Rodgers
Jack Smith

Sophomore Grant Daugherty will also be competing at the TPC Sawgrass course as an individual. Daugherty will be seeing his first action since the 2012 Windon Memorial tournament.

Goss, a 2014 Masters participant, began his Tennessee career at last year's Sea Best Invitational. The Australian finished tied for 16th after carding rounds of 77-71-78=226. Goss enrolled at UT in December.

 

 

The first two rounds will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Monday morning. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday morning.

For the most up-to-date information about the Vol Golf program, visit UTsports.com/golf and follow @Vol_Golf on Twitter.

Recap Rewind:

2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (46; 50)

Leader in Stroke Average: Oliver Goss (71.08)

Last event: Gifford Collegiate - 9th of 10, 867 (+27)
Top Individual (last event): Oliver Goss - T-18th, 213 (+3)

2014 Sea Best Invitational

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Cal Poly, East Carolina, ETSU, Florida Atlantic, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Liberty, North Florida, Old Dominion, Pepperdine, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC-Upstate and Winthrop

DATES

February 3-4, 2014

COURSE INFORMATION

TPC Sawgrass-THE PLAYERS Stadium - Ponte Vedra, Florida - Par 72 - 6,977 yards

HOSTED BY

Jacksonville University

SEA BEST RECORD BOOK

Sea Best Invitational Records Get Acrobat Reader

2013 CHAMPIONS

Individual: Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE - 70-65-76--211
Team: TENNESSEE - 200-279-300--879

LIVE SCORING

www.Golfstat.com

TENNESSEE'S TEE TIMES

Monday, Feb. 3 - First Round - 8:30 a.m. ET - Paired with Florida and Jacksonville
Monday, Feb. 3 - Second Round - TBD
Tuesday, Feb. 4 - Third Round - TBD

VOLS STARTING LINEUP

Oliver Goss
Chad Merzbacher
Marshall Talkington
Brandon Rodgers
Jack Smith
Individual: Grant Daugherty

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