April 19, 2007
The Tennessee men's golf team begins the hunt for its third SEC championships Friday as the 2007 SEC Championships get underway. The championship runs Friday through Sunday and takes place at the Sea Island Golf Club, a par-70, 6,898-yard course, in St. Simons Island, Ga.
"We are very excited about competing in this year's championship," head coach Jim Kelson said. "Our number one goal heading into this year was to win the SEC Championship."
Tennessee enters this year's SEC tournament with an experienced core. In the lineup for UT is one senior with three juniors, including four who competed at the 2006 SEC Championships, where the Vols finished ninth.
"I have a great deal of confidence in this group. Without question this group is very deserving of success." Kelson said. "They have exhibited a tremendous amount of dedication and discipline. Above all this group had shown an enormous amount of character."
Junior Philip Pettitt holds the No. 1 position for Tennessee. Pettitt leads the team in scoring average with a 72.44 and has fired 14 round of par or better this season on his way to 4 top-10 finishes.
Following at the No. 2 position is Leicester, England native Charlie Ford, who is one of three UT golfers to have played in every round of every tournament this season.
Sophomore Chris Paisley mans the No. 3 position. At the 2006 SEC Championships, Paisley was the top finisher for the Volunteers, finishing at 8-over-par and with a tournament scorecard of 72-68-78--218. He finished tied for 33rd place.
Senior Tino Weiss follows in the No. 4 position. Weiss has one top-10 finish this season and has a scoring average of 73.88.
Kingston native Jonathan Mount rounds out the Tennessee lineup. Mount finished 35th at last year's championships with a 54-hole total of 219.
Competition begins Friday at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Teams play 18 holes each day.