John Scott Rattan
Feb. 29, 2004
Tennessee returns from a two-week break to compete in the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Classic in Los Angeles, March 1-2. The tournament is being played at North Ranch Country Club, a par-71 course with a length of 6,900 yards.
This year's apperance marks the second time in as many years the Vols have competed in this tournament. UT's inaugural visit last year saw the Vols finish tied for eighth with a 287-293-288--868.
Head coach Jim Kelson looks forward to his team competing in Los Angeles, as this event has turned into one of his team's favorite tournaments.
"Everyone on the team is really excited about this next tournament," Kelson said. "This is one of our favorite events. It is a terrific tournament, played on a fabulous course."
Leading the way for Tennessee is David Skinns at the No. 1 position. Skinns is coming off his third top 10 finish in five tournaments of play, where he finished tied for ninth at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. He leads the team in stroke average with a 72.13 and has six rounds of par of better. The other top 10 finishes for the year occurred at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions (ninth-t) and Suntrust Gator Invitational (second).
Next for the Vols in the second position is Ross McGowan. McGowan has a stroke average of 73.11 and like Skinns, has six rounds of par or better. He has one top-10 finish for the year at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, finishing eighth.
John Scott Rattan anchors the third spot. Rattan is second on the team in terms of scoring average with a 72.78. Rattan has 10 rounds of par or better and two top-10 finishes, coming at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate (ninth-t) and Landfall Tradition (third-t).
Rounding out the team is Jonathan Mount and Lloyd Campbell, in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Mount comes into the tournament with a scoring average of 74.42. His highest finish of the season came at the end of the fall schedule, finishing tied for 15th at the Landfall Tradition. Campbell has a scoring average of 77.33, with his highest finish being tied for 27th at the Suntrust Gator Invitational.
The tournament features several top teams from across the country. Golfweek Top 25 teams competing include: No. 3 and defending tournament champion UCLA, No. 7 Texas Christian, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 15 California, No. 19 Brigham Young and No. 21 Illinois.
Other teams competing include Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, host Southern Cal and Washington.
"There are a lot of top, quality west coast teams competing," Kelson said. "We don't get a chance to compete against west coast schools often, so we are looking forward to this opportunity. The team gained confidence in Jacksonville during our last tournament, but this next event is being played on a different style of golf course that has a premium on accuracy and ball striking, which are strengths of our team. We look forward to competing starting Monday."
The Vols are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Jacksonville, Fla. The first major event of the spring saw UT finish ahead of six teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25. Skinns led the way, finishing tied for ninth with a 73-69-76--218.
The Cleveland Golf Collegiate Classic is a 54-hole format, with 36 holes being played on Monday, and 18 on Tuesday. A link to live scoring will be available on UTSports.com.