March 30, 2006
The 14-ranked Tennessee men's golf team travels to Augusta, Ga., Friday for the 28th annual Administaff Augusta State Invitational. The 54-hole tournament runs Saturday and Sunday and takes place at Champions Retreat Golf Club.
Champions Retreat Golf Club is a 27-hole facility with three nine-hole layouts built by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. The Player and Nicklaus nines will be played this weekend. Player is a par-36, 3,605-yard course and Nicklaus is a par-36, 3,660-yard course.
Teams get another brush with history Monday as they receive tickets to a Master's practice round at nearby Augusta National.
Tennessee's last appearance in the ASU Invitational was in 2002 and the Big Orange brought home the team championships with a team scorecard of 283-272-286--841. Former Vol David Skinns won the individual championship.
The field for the 2006 invitational is UCLA, ETSU, Clemson, Costal Carolina, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Georgia Southern, LSU, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, USC-Aiken, Virginia Tech, Washington and host school Augusta State.
Sophomore Jonathan Mount leads the charge for the Volunteers. Mount is leading the team in scoring average at 71.95 and has 11 rounds of par or better this season.
Georgia native Ben Spickard fired a scorecard of 72-76-75--223 to finish in a tie for 40th at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational.
Next for the Vols is lone senior Lloyd Campbell, who has fired six rounds of par or better this season.
Phillip Pettitt is second on the team in scoring average with a 73.00 and has one top-10 finish this year.
Rounding out the Volunteer lineup is freshman Chris Paisley. The ASU Invitational marks this Newcastle, England, native's first competition of the spring.
Teams play 36 holes Saturday with an 8 a.m. Eastern time shotgun. Competition concludes with 18 holes Sunday.