March 19, 2004
The Tennessee men's golf team travels to Statesboro, Ga., to compete in the 2004 Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, March 20-21. The tournament, which features some of the nation's finest teams, will be held at Forest Heights Country Club (par 72, 6,945 yards).
The tournament features eight teams in the Golfweek Top 25, including No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Georgia, No. 12 Southern California, No. 14 South Carolina, No. 15 Augusta State, No. 19 Wake Forest and No. 22 North Carolina.
Other teams competing are 2003 NCAA Championships participants Auburn, Duke and North Carolina State, NCAA regional participants Georgia Southern and Ohio State and LSU.
Kelson will look to three juniors and two freshman to compete this weekend.
Leading the way for the Vols is junior John Scott Rattan. Rattan, who has competed in all eight tournaments for UT, is second on the team in terms of stroke average with a 72.83. He leads the team with 10 rounds of par or better, while recording two top 10 finishes for the season. Earlier this year, Rattan notched his highest finish as a Vol at the Landfall Tradition, finishing tied for third with a 69-71-71--211. His other top 10 came at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate, tying for ninth.
Fellow junior Ross McGowan stands in the No. 2 position. McGowan, like Rattan has competed in each tournament for the Vols, with an average of 73.13 and eight rounds of par or better. He recorded one top 10 finish for the season at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, shooting a 71-69-71--211 to finish eighth.
Junior David Skinns will anchor the No. 3 position. Skinns leads the team in stroke average with a 72.48. The two-time All-SEC selection leads the team in top 10 finishes with three. His highest finish of the year was at the Suntrust Gator Invitational, finishing second with a scorecard of 72-68-70--210. His other top 10 finishes occured at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions (ninth-t) and Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (ninth-t).
Rounding out the Vol competitors are freshmen Jonathan Mount and Tino Weiss in the fourth and fifth spots respectively. Mount comes into the tournament with a scoring average of 74.83. His highest finish in his young career came at the Landfall Tradition, finishing tied for 15th. Weiss is making his first appearance since the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, where he finished tied for 54th. He has a scoring average of 76.33.
The Vols competed in the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational last season, finishing 13th with a scorecard of 290-296-297--883. Skinns led the way for the Vols with a scorecard of 71-71-75--217 to finish tied for 27th.
The tournament is a 54-hole format, with 36 holes being played Saturday and
18 on Sunday.