April 18, 2013
The Tennessee men's golf team will lay it all on the line this weekend at the 2013 SEC Men's Golf Championship. The tournament is set to begin Friday, April 19 at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.
The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club has been the annual host for the SEC Men's Championship since 2001. To take a virtual tour of the course, Click Here
Tennessee rolls into the SEC Tournament after an extremely successful spring season, winning two team championships and three individual championships. In addition, the Vols have two golfers ranked in the top-11 of the SEC.
Freshman and All-SEC Freshman candidate Oliver Goss ranks 10th in the conference after racking up three consecutive top-5 tournament finishes and an individual tournament championship. Senior and All-SEC candidate Rick Lamb ranks 11th in the conference as he impressed the nation with back-to-back tournament championships earlier in the season.
Head coach Jim Kelson will go with a new starting five combination in which he has not used this year. The Tennessee starters will be: seniors Jay Vandeventer and Lamb, newcomer Thomas Dunne, and freshmen Chad Merzbacher and Goss.
The Vols will be the 8-seed in the tournament, as the rankings and pairings for the first round were determined by the final regular season Golfstat rankings. The Vols will tee off at 9:10 a.m. ET on Friday, April 19. They will be paired with Texas A&M (#7) and Mississippi State (#9).
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Last year, Tennessee finished the 2012 SEC Championship in 8th place after carding a 285-290-293--868 (+28). The Vols were led by Rick Lamb, who finished 6th after shooting a 67-67-73--207 (-3).
The Vols last won the SEC Championship in 2007.