April 20, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's golf team will compete in the 2017 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championship at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course from April 21-24 in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

SEC Championship

Golfstat Rankings

3. Vanderbilt
6. Florida
7. LSU
16. Texas A&M
19. Auburn
23. Ole Miss
24. Missouri
25. Georgia
28. Arkansas
30. South Carolina
37. Alabama
41. Kentucky
67. Tennessee
73. Mississippi State

Golfweek Individual Rankings

2. Sam Burns (LSU)
6. Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss)
7. Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
10. Alejandro Tosti (Florida)
15. Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt)
21. Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M)
25. Greyson Sigg (Georgia)
29. Cameron Champ (Texas A&M)
30. Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt)
31. Luis Gagne (LSU)
32. Brandon Pierce (LSU)
33. Sam Horsfield (Florida)
39. Keenan Huskey (South Carolina)
44. Andy Zhang (Florida)

The 2017 SEC Men's Golf Championship is a non-ticketed event. All start times are dependent on weather. Golfstat will have live scoring for the event.

The teams took part in Thursday's practice day starting at 7:20 a.m. ET. Three rounds of stroke play will occur the opening two days of the championship. The first round begins on Friday at 7:20 a.m. ET with the second round following at 12:35 p.m. ET. Saturday's third round has a 7:30 a.m. ET start. The 2017 event will mark the first in which the championship will extend to a fourth day, with match play (seeding determined by the 54 holes of stroke play) on Sunday, April 23 and Monday, April 24. Individual medalists will be awarded after Saturday's competition.

Tennessee's five-man team will consist of senior Juan Carlos Serrano, junior Lorenzo Scalise, redshirt freshman Nolan Ray, freshman Rhys Nevin and freshman Brayden Garrison.

The Vols are paired with Mississippi State. Garrison, Nevin and Serrano will begin Friday's first round from the first tee, with Garrison teeing off at 7:20 a.m. ET. Ray and Scalise will begin at No. 10 with Ray hitting off the tee at 7:20 a.m. ET.

Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course, which will play par-70 at 6,898 yards, is hosting the conference tournament for the 17th time. The SEC has conducted its annual championship on St. Simons Island since 2001 (Seaside Course 2001-2007, 2010-2016; Frederica Golf Club 2008-2009). Since 1927, the Sea Island Golf Club has enjoyed a legacy as one of America's premier golf clubs.

The Seaside Course was totally reconfigured by Tom Fazio and reopened in October 1999. The new Seaside Course is the brilliant blending of Colt & Allison's original nine-hole Seaside and Joe Lee's Marshside nine into one seamless, contemporary 18-hole golf course. Tidal creeks, dunes, saltmarshes and St. Simons Sound frame the course which plays fast, firm and fun in the tradition of legendary Scottish links.

The Lineup

Lorenzo Scalise

  • Scalise has been the Vols most-consistent golfer this season with a team-best 72.33 round average (minimum six rounds).
  • Leads the team with 17 rounds of par or better, three top-10 finishes and five top-25 finishes on the season
  • Has carded a team-leading six rounds in the 60s over the nine tournaments he has competed in this year with a low of 67 from the second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate on Oct. 15

Nolan Ray

  • Ray has enjoyed a breakout 2017 spring semester with a 72.42 round average and earned SEC Men's Freshman Golfer of the Week honors following his fourth-place showing in the Kingsmill Intercollegiate on March 21 when he finished a even-par 210.
  • Has competed in just four events in his collegiate career, but has posted three top 25 showings
  • Has posted five rounds of par or better, including a career-best 68 in the final round of the John Hay Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 26

Juan Carlos Serrano

  • Serrano has a 73.24 round average, three top-25 finishes and nine rounds of par or better this season.
  • Enjoyed best finish at the East Bay Deli Classic with a tie for eighth at even-par 216
  • In late March, earned Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada status for 2017 after tying for 12th at the USA West #1 Q-School at Carlton Oaks Country Club

Rhys Nevin

  • Nevin was named SEC Men's Freshman Golfer of the Week after tying for ninth at 2-over in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 26
  • Has a 74.00 round average (73.33 over five spring tournaments) and has tallied eight rounds of par or better
  • Has three top 25 finishes on the year

Brayden Garrison

  • Garrison has competed in five events as a freshman and owns a 75.13 round average
  • Has competed in one spring tournament, tying for 56th at 15-over in the Kingsmill Intercollegiate on March 21
  • Has two rounds of par or better, including a season-low 70 in the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sept. 9

The Field

The 2017 SEC Men's Golf Championship will feature a tough 14-team field that includes 12 top-50 teams with three (3. Vanderbilt, 6. Florida, 7. LSU) in the Golfstat top 10.

Fourteen of the 70 players competing are ranked in Golfweek's top 50, including No. 2 Sam Burns (LSU), No. 6 Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss), No. 7 Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt) and No. 10 Alejandro Tosti (Florida).

Historically Speaking

The Vols finished ninth at the 2016 SEC Men's Golf Championship with Scalise leading the way with a tie for 13th at 7-over.

Tennessee has won the SEC team title three times. The Vols won with a team score of 884 in 1980 in Augusta, Ga. In 1990 in Jackson, Mississippi, Mike Sposa won the individual crown and led UT to an 866 and its second team title. In 2007, the Vols won by two strokes with a team score of 869. Chris Paisley and Tino Weiss tied for second place at 215 and Charles Ford placed eighth at 217.

Four Vols have taken home the individual SEC title. Bert Greene was the SEC champion in 1964 shooting a 141 over 36 holes in Athens, Georgia. Mickey Mabrey won the 1972 SEC Championship with a 217 over 54 holes in Callaway Gardens, Georgia. Sposa was the 1990 champ, shooting 210 over 54 holes in Jackson, Mississippi. David Skinns won the 2005 SEC Championship at Sea Island with a 210 over 54 holes.

2017 SEC Men's Golf Championship Schedule

Thursday, April 20: Practice Day - 7:20 a.m. tee time
Friday, April 21: Round One (Stroke Play) - 7:20 a.m. tee time
Friday, April 21: Round Two (Stroke Play) - 12:35 p.m. tee time
Saturday, April 22: Round Three (Stroke Play) - 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 23: Quarterfinals (Match Play) - 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 23: Semi-Finals (Match Play) - 1 p.m.
Monday, April 24 Championship (Match Play) - 7:30 a.m.





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