Oct. 2, 2009
Tennessee headlines a 15-team field in the Windon Memorial Classic golf tournament beginning Sunday in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe, Ill.
Northwestern is hosting this year's two-day event at Skokie Country Club, marking UT's first competition since ascending to the No. 1 national ranking last month by Golfweek/Sagarin. The Vols also received a first-place vote in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll and are ranked sixth overall, while Golfstat's head-to-head ratings lists Tennessee eighth.
Nine other squads in the Golfweek/Sagarin top-50 are competing against the Vols. Others include No. 6 Illinois, No. 31 Kent State, No. 32 Michigan, No. 35 Indiana, No. 36 California, No. 38 Northwestern, No. 39 Coastal Carolina, No. 45 Tulsa and No. 46 Minnesota.
None of the teams in this week's field played in last month's Carpet Capital Collegiate, won by the Vols, and UT is the only Southeastern Conference representative.
Tennessee's lineup for this weekend has just one change from its opening tournament, with junior Cameron Lawrence earning his first appearance of the season. Darren Renwick, Robin Wingardh, David Holmes and Justin Walker round out the Vols' fivesome.
Renwick, of course, captured co-medalist honors at the Carpet Capital with a 71-70-69--210 effort. It was the sophomore's first collegiate victory and continued his run of fine play that began with strong showings during last spring's NCAA competition and this summer's British Amateur.
Wingardh tied for third at the Carpet Capital, shooting 72-71-68--211. The junior now owns four career top-10s to lead all active Vols.
Holmes matched Wingardh's 68 in the final round of the Carpet Capital, firing a 71-73-68--212 to tie for sixth. The Knoxville senior has three straight top-15 finishes for UT dating back to last season.
Walker lowered both his round and tournament bests during Tennessee's opening tournament. His second-round 73 eclipsed his previous best by three strokes, and his overall 76-73-77--226 was a personal-best by nine shots en route to a 43rd-place showing.
Lawrence makes his 2009-10 debut after appearing in six tournaments last season. His best effort was in his sophomore debut, a 68-69-75--212 scorecard good for eighth place at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Toledo.
Skokie Country Club served as a host site for past U.S. Open, Western Open, USGA Senior Amateur and Illinois Amateur championships. The Donald Ross-designed course is noted for its long, tight tree-lined fairways and extremely fast greens, boasting a 74.3 rating and playing as a 7,081-yard, par-71 layout for the 2009 Windon.
Teams begin the 54-hole tournament Sunday with an 8:45 a.m. Central time shotgun start for the first two rounds of play. The final round Monday starts with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Central time. Admission is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
The tournament has an illustrious history, with current PGA Tour members Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan and Colt Knost as past champions, as is current Nationwide Tour member Tom Johnson. PGA Tour members Joe Ogilvie, Tiger Woods, Donald and Ben Curtis were runners-up in the event.
The weather forecast calls for dry conditions and near average temperatures both days, with highs Sunday in the upper 50s and Monday making it into the low 60s.
Live results for the 2009 Windon Memorial Classic will be available at UTsports.com and Golfstat.com.