Aug. 18, 2003
Tennessee junior golfer Ross McGowan enjoyed an outstanding summer on the golf course, turning in impressive results at numerous tournaments, including the English Amateur Championship and the Berkshire Trophy event last month.
"Ross has a had a terrific summer," Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson said. "He's obviously got the capability to play at a really high level, and his play this summer is indicative of the type of player that we believe Ross is. He's capable of winning major international tournaments. He has developed and has kept progressing, and that's a good sign for Ross and also a good sign for our team."
At the English Amateur, a match-play event that took place July 28 - Aug. 2 at Alwoodley Golf Club in Leeds, Yorkshire, McGowan advanced into the deep rounds. The native of Cheam Surrey, England, lost in the fifth round to Andy Town, 2&1. Vol junior David Skinns also competed in the event, falling to Jonathan Young 4&2 in the second round.
McGowan also looked sharp at the Berkshire Trophy event in June. He carded a 68-70-68-71--277, which earned him a third-place finish at the 72-hole stroke-play event at the Berkshire Golf Club. Three weeks later at the Midland Open Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa, McGowan shot a 68-72-76-70--286. That showing was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
McGowan's lone title of the summer came at the St. Mellion International Amateur Trophy event, where he fired a 75-67-72-78--292.
"We expect that Ross is going to be a big part of our team next year, no question," Kelson said. "If he keeps improving and doing the right things, he could be one of the best college players that we have in the United States. We're looking forward to him playing at that kind of a level."
RATTAN QUALIFIES FOR U.S. AMATEUR
Tennessee junior John Scott Rattan has qualified for the 2003 U.S. Amateur Championship to be held Aug. 18-24 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. Rattan shot 144 during the 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., last month.
Rattan's solid qualifying performance last month was preceded by several other impressive summer results. The Montgomery Village, Md., native turned in a 22nd-place finish at the Southern Amateur (69-74-74-69--286), a 19th-place finish at the Eastern Amateur (71-71-76-65--283) and a fifth-place finish on his home turf at the Maryland State Open (72-69-70--211).
SKINNS NAMED TO ENGLAND'S HOME INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Vol All-America David Skinns was recently named to England's 11-member team for next month's Home Internationals at Ballybunion, Ireland.
A former Lincolnshire and Midland youth champion and Lagonda Trophy winner, Skinns made his England debut in the 2001 Home Internationals and also played last year at Royal St. David's as England finished third. He recently played a part in helping Europe win the Palmer Cup in America.
The 2003 Home Internationals takes place Sept. 17-19.