The Tennessee men’s golf team finished the 2007-08 season ranked 10th by the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index announced Monday.
“First and foremost I am very proud for our seniors that we were able to achieve this ranking,” head coach Jim Kelson said. “They worked extremely hard for four years to help our program develop into one of the nation’s elite. This ranking is a big step towards helping our program achieve this kind of status. This will allow us to participate in some of the nations finest events.”
The Vols finished their season with 10 top-10 finishes, including team championships at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate and PING/Arizona Intercollegiate. This marks the second season in a row the Volunteers have finished the season ranked in the top 10.
With a school-record 27-under-par 261, the Volunteers went wire-to-wire to take home the team championship at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate. UT finished with a total score of 64-under-par 800, UT’s best three-round score since 1980, and all five individuals finished in the top 13.
Senior Charlie Ford finished tied for medalist honors, at 6 under par. His 54-hole total of 200 was the lowest 54-hole total by an individual in school history. Sophomore David Holmes set a Turtle Bay course record with his final round 10-under-par 62 while Paisley and freshman Robin Wingardh set new career marks with 54-hole totals of 202.
The team went wire-to-wire at the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate to claim their second tournament title of the season. UT finished 20-under-par for the tournament, three strokes ahead of second-place UNLV. The win marked the first time Tennessee had won back-to-back tournaments under Kelson and the first time since the 20001-02 season they have opened the spring season with a victory.
The Vols’ 2007-08 season wrapped up with an 11th place finish at the NCAA Central Regional played at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Other SEC schools finishing the season in the top-10 include No. 1 ranked Georgia, Alabama third and Florida seventh.
Jeff Sagarin’s rating system is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player’s won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents. The ratings give an indication of who is playing well over the past 52 weeks.