April 5, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The No. 23 Tennessee men's golf program heads to Augusta with high expectations after a victory at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Virginia.
The Vols will compete against some of the nation's top teams this weekend as they play in the Insperity Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole event will feature one of the top fields of any men's intercollegiate tournament in the country. Of the 15 teams in the field, 13 are ranked in the top 50, including the fourth-ranked team and defending Insperity Invitational champion Texas. The 2013 tournament will mark the 35th edition of the event.
Head coach Jim Kelson will stick with the same starting lineup that has captured two tournament victories for the Volunteers this season.
The Tennessee starting five will be: seniors Rick Lamb and Jay Vandeventer, junior Brandon Rodgers, and newcomers Thomas Dunne and Oliver Goss. The Vols have won two of their last four team tournaments and two out of their last three individual championships.
Tennessee will face a tough field that includes: Augusta State (host), No. 40 Baylor, No. 39 Central Florida, No. 28 Clemson, No. 47 Coastal Carolina, No. 14 Georgia, No. 25 Houston, No. 24 Illinois, Purdue, No. 16 SMU, No. 35 South Carolina, No. 4 Texas, No. 3 USC Aiken and No. 37 Virginia Tech.
In last year's Insperity Invitational, Texas captured the team championship by defeating Augusta State in a two-hole playoff and TCU freshman Julien Brun earned the individual championship.
Saturday's tournament schedule consists of 36 holes beginning with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start on the par-72, 7,142-yard Forest Hills layout. Teams will play the first two rounds in threesomes, and then will repair by score for Sunday's third and final round.
Tennessee will be paired with Baylor and Illinois for Saturday's first two rounds. The Vols will tee off at 8:30 a.m. ET.