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Tennessee to Compete in Louisiana Classics
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John Scott Rattan

March 8, 2004

Tennessee travels to Lafayette, La., to compete in the 19th annual Louisiana Classics, March 8-9, at Oakbourne Country Club. The Vols, ranked 24th in the nation by Golfweek, return to Lafayette for the first time since winning the tournament in 2001.

Head coach Jim Kelson looks forward to seeing his team return to action after two competitive tournaments.

"We look forward to returning to Lafayette," Kelson said. "The last time we participated in this event in 2001 we won the team championship. Our team has shown the capabilities of being very competitive over the last two tournaments. We just need to show a little more consistency."

Junior David Skinns once again leads the team at the No. 1 position. Skinns leads the team with the lowest scoring average of 72.22, with seven rounds of par or better. He has also recorded three top 10 finishes for the season to lead the team. The top 10s were at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions (ninth-t), Suntrust Gator Invitational (second) and Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (ninth-t).

Next for Tennessee in the second position is junior Ross McGowan. McGowan is third on the team in scoring average of 72.95. He has seven rounds of par or better and one top 10 finish that came at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, finishing eighth.

John Scott Rattan anchors the No. 3 position. Rattan leads the team with 10 rounds of par or better and has a scoring average at 72.76. Earlier this season he recorded his highest finish as a Vol at the Landfall Tradition with a tie for third. He also finished in the top 10 at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate (ninth-t).

Rounding out the starting five is freshman Jonathan Mount and sophomore Lloyd Campbell in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Mount has a scoring average of 74.47 with his highest being a tie for 15th at the Landfall Tradition. Campbell's scoring average is 76.87 and his highest finish coming at the Suntrust Gator Invitational, tying for 27th.

Teams competing in the tournament include Arkansas State, Colorado, Kansas, host Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Missouri, North Texas, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

The Vols have competed in this event two times prior to their last visit in 2001. UT finished fourth in 1988 and seventh in 1990.

The tournament is a 54-hole format with 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.



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