Feb. 24, 2006
The eighth-ranked Tennessee men's golf team travels to Thousand Oaks, Calif., Saturday to compete in the Ashworth Invitational which runs Monday and Tuesday. In 2005, the Big Orange brought home the tournament's team championship.
Hosted by the University of Southern California, the invitational will be played at North Ranch Country Club, a par-71, 6,900-yard course.
The field for this 29th annual invitational includes, Southern Cal, UCLA, UC Davis, BYU, Oregon, Oregon State, Coastal Carolina, Fresno State, Pepperdine, Georgia Southern, San Diego State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Washington.
Ford was the top finisher for Tennessee last time the Vols competed. His scorecard of 78-71-77--226 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, Feb. 5-7, was good enough to finish in a tie for 11th place.
Spickard looks to improve on his 50th place finish last time out. The sophomore had a top-ten finish at the Shoal Creek Inivitational in the fall.
Campbell shot a 73-78-79--230 to finish in a tie for 25th at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. The lone senior on the Vols roster shot three rounds of 72 or better at last year's Ashworth Invitational to finish in a tie for sixth.
Mount, who withdrew after only one round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, has been UT's most consistent golfer this season. The Kingston native won the Shoal Creek Invitational in the fall.
Pettitt competes in his first tournament of 2006. He has held from competition thus far due to injury. Pettitt hopes to regain his form from the fall when he tied with Campbell for top-honors at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions.
Teams play 36 holes Monday, with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Action wraps up Tuesday morning with a round of 18. Live results will be available at www.golfstat.com.