Vol Golfers Tee Off at South Georgia Tourney this Weekend

March 19, 2009

Tennessee travels to Statesboro, Ga., this weekend for the first of three consecutive tournaments in the Peach State. The Vols are one of 18 teams teeing up at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational hosted by Georgia Southern.

UT head coach Jim Kelson has penciled the following lineup for the three-day event at Forest Heights Country Club: Robin Wingardh, Chris Paisley, David Holmes, Darren Renwick and James Brannen.

Wingardh, a sophomore, enters the weekend fresh off an eighth-place effort at the Braveheart Classic in California. The Morarp, Sweden, product is second on the squad with a 72.90 stroke average.

Paisley has top-10s in all three tournaments since the new year, including his win at the Arizona Invitational. The Newcastle, England, senior leads UT with a 71.57 stroke average.

Holmes, a junior, is averaging exactly 74 strokes per his 21 rounds this season. The Knoxvillian turned in his best effort with a tie for seventh at the Wolf Pack Classic in October

Renwick owns a ninth-place showing in Arizona among his freshman season highlights. The Worthing, England, native stands fourth on the team with a 74.39 stroke average.

Brannen earns his second lineup slot in the last three tournaments. The freshman from Clarksville is averaging 79.33 strokes and turned a low round of 75 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate back in September.

Two-thirds of the SEC is competing at this event, with Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt joining the Vols. The rest of the field is Augusta State, Georgia State, Iowa, North Carolina, N.C. State, North Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Virginia, in addition to host Georgia Southern.



Four of the teams in this weekend's field -- all from the SEC -- are among the top 25 of the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll. The Vols are 16th, while Florida is seventh, South Carolina 14th and LSU 21st.

Forest Heights Country Club plays to 6,962 yards at a par of 72.

Tee times for the Vols start Friday at 9 a.m. on the No. 1 hole and Saturday at 10:21 a.m. on No. 10. Live scoring is available through UTsports.com.



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