The first day of the USC Collegiate Invitational was a tale of two rounds for the No. 9 Tennessee men's golf team.
The first round saw the team struggle and record a 34-over-par 318 before they rebounded in the second round with a 2-over-par 286. The Vols are in seventh place heading into the final round.
Sunny skies greeted the players on the first day at the tournament played Monday at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Ca., however strong winds all day pushed the scores significantly over par.
The third and final round begins Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.
Junior Chris Paisley paced the Vols in a tie for eighth place. Paisley recorded the best rounds of the day for Tennessee, a 6-over-par 77 in the first round followed by even-par 71 in the second.
Freshman Robin Wingardh was next for UT tied for 14th place. Ford improved his 8-over-par 79 in the first round with an even-par 71 in the second.
Sophomore David Holmes and senior Philip Pettitt finished the day 11 over par and tied for 27th place. Holmes improved the most from the first to second rounds, knocking 11 strokes off his score. Pettitt fired a scorecard of 80-73--153.
Charlie Ford rounded out the lineup for Tennessee. The senior carded an 11-over-par 82 in the first round and finished 69th after an 80 in the second round.
No. 7 Southern California took the lead in the team standings at 23 over par for the day. No. 28 Pepperdine is five strokes back in second with Brigham Young and No. 8 Stanford third and fourth, respectively. Washington and Loyola Marymount are tied for fifth.
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