Vols Return to Links at Stacked West Coast Tourney

Feb. 12, 2010

Tennessee is one of four consensus top-15 teams set to open the spring golf season Sunday in the Battle at the Beach, co-hosted by Long Beach State and UCLA in Newport Coast, Calif.

The three-day tournament takes place at scenic Pelican Hill Golf Club, located about 50 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The course plays to a par of 71 at 6,945 yards.

Head coach Jim Kelson carried a roster of six Vols with him this week, one more than normal for this unusual format of five players scoring for each team. UT's players will tee off in pairs, playing foursomes along with Washington, in Sunday's final three groups beginning at 10:15 a.m. Pacific time.

Cameron Lawrence and Robin Wingardh begin at 10:15, followed 10 minutes later by James Brannen and Darren Renwick, with David Holmes and Jay Vandeventer teeing off at 10:35 in the first day's final grouping.

Tennessee enters ranked 11th nationally by the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings and 13th according to Golfstat. Other top-15 squads are Arizona State (15th and 12th), UCLA (14th and 15th) and Washington (6th and 3rd). The Huskies are UT's first-day playing partner, which means the Vols should know where they stand head-to-head against the tournament's toughest competition.

Arkansas is the only other SEC team in the field. Also scheduled to compete according to the Golfstat posted tee times are UC Davis, Colorado, Colorado State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco and Texas-Arlington, in addition to co-host Long Beach State. Top-ranked Oklahoma State was listed as a tournament participant in last week's pre-tournament notes, along with consensus top-10 Texas, but does not appear in the Round 1 tee times.



Live scoring is available all three days on UTSports.com, via Golfstat.


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