Vols Summer Golf Update

Aug. 7, 2010

UT incoming freshman Marshall Talkington continued his fine summer play Friday, finishing fourth at the Tennessee State Amateur Championship in Gallatin.

Talkington closed with a 1-under-par 70 at Fairview Plantation's Foxland Course to conclude the four-day event 8 under par. The Jackson native shot 72-68-66-70--276, six shots behind winner Jonathan Fly of Memphis.

"I'm happy with the way I played, and happy where I finished," Talkington told the Jackson Sun. "I had my mind in the right place."

Earlier this summer, Talkington finished fifth at the 93rd Western Junior Championship in Wisconsin. He owns a pair of in-state titles from the Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament in Bartlett and The Wally junior event in Nashville.

Sophomore Jay Vandeventer of Bristol shot a 4-under 67 at the State Am to finish in a tie for 18th place at 4-over 288. Vandeventer, who shot 76-69-76-67 over his four days, tied for seventh at the same event last year when it took place at The Honors Course in Ooltewah.

Another Vol, junior Justin Walker of Greenbrier, shot 84 Friday and finished in 60th place. Walker, who opened 72-73 before shooting 77 on Thursday, was playing in his fourth consecutive Tennessee State Am. His previous worst finish was a tie for 24th back in 2007.

Another trio of UT golfers, Robin Wingardh, Garrick Porteous and Darren Renwick, finished play Saturday at the European Amateur in Vanajanlinna, Finland.

Wingardh challenged for the top spot all week, but even his bogey-free round of 4-under 68 on Saturday wasn't quite enough. The Swede finished fifth, shooting a steady 68-69-72-68--277 over his four days to finish at 11 under par.



Englishman Porteous placed 22nd after carding 71-73-71-70--285 to settle at 3 under par. Renwick missed the third-round cut, shooting 76-80-72 to finish at 12 over par.

Just last month, Renwick captured runner-up honors for the second consecutive year at England's Tillman Trophy competition. He was joined atop the leaderboard by another incoming Volunteer golfer, Max Smith, who placed fifth in the tournament at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club along the English Channel.

Renwick fired rounds of 68, 71, 65 and 75 to finish at 9 under par. Smith closed with rounds of 71 and 74 for a 5-under-par total.

Smith was ninth and Porteous 21st at the South of England Open Amateur Championship, held at Walton Heath Golf Course near London.

Also in July, Smith and Porteous advanced to the match-play portion of the English Amateur, Porteous falling in the first round of head-to-head play and Smith in the second round. Former Vol Chris Paisley was a second-round qualifier as well.



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