Feb. 22, 2014
The Tennessee men's golf team returns for yet another golf tournament in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The Volunteers are set to compete in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, beginning Sunday, Feb. 23.
The Vols will be playing against some of nation's elite programs, highlighted by the No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The event will take place at the Sawgrass Country Club. Tennessee previously played in Ponte Vedra at the beginning of the month at the Sea Best Invitational where it finished fourth.
The Vols have a rich tradition at the Hayt Invitational. Tennessee had previously competed in the tournament a total of 20 times, dating back to 1993. UT has never won the event, but the Vols have placed runner-up three times (1993, 1996, 2002). The most successful outing happened in 2002 when Ian Parnaby led the Volunteers to a 54-hole total of 874.
The Volunteers look to avenge last year's 11th place finish at the Hayt tournament with the following lineup from head coach Jim Kelson:
Senior Marshall Talkington will also be competing at the Sawgrass Country Club as an individual.
Goss saw his second career collegiate start at The Hayt last season. The Australian finished tied for 12th after carding a two round total of 144 (E). Goss' first round of two-under par was the lowest round of any Volunteer at The Hayt tournament last year.
The first round will begin at 10:15 a.m. (ET) Sunday morning when Danny Keddie tees off with North Florida's Joe Stepnes and Oklahoma State's Zachary Olsen. The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday afternoon.
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (44; 48)
2013-14 Individual Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): Oliver Goss (52; 64)
Leader in Stroke Average: Oliver Goss (71.73)
Last event: Sea Best Invitational - 4th of 16, 904 (+40) Top Individual (last event): Oliver Goss - T-9th, 223 (+7)
2014 John Hayt Collegiate Invitational
Coastal Carolina, Furman, GRU Augusta, Jacksonville, Liberty, Louisville, North Florida, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Troy, Tulsa, UAB, UCF, and UNCW
February 23-25, 2014
TPC Sawgrass Country Club - Ponte Vedra, Florida - Par 72 - 7,001 yards
University of North Florida
JOHN HAYT PROGRAM
Individual: Kevin Phelan, North Florida - 131 (-13) Team: North Florida - 559 (-17)
TENNESSEE'S TEE TIMES
Sunday, Feb. 23 - First Round - 10:15 a.m. ET - Paired with North Florida and Oklahoma State Monday, Feb. 24 - Second Round - 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Final Round - 8:00 a.m. ET
VOLS STARTING LINEUP