Golfers To Play In Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate

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The Tennessee men???s golf team travels this weekend to compete in the 10th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges. Hosted by ETSU the tournament runs Friday through Sunday at The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.

In a change from past seasons when the tournament was played with two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday, this year the event will cover three days with individuals rounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The 15-team field will include eight teams that competed in the 2007 NCAA Championships (ETSU, Wake Forest, UNC, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, and Coastal Carolina), as well as three teams that won conference championships a year ago (Virginia Tech, ETSU and Coastal Carolina). Rounding out the field are Kentucky, Kent State, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and UAB.

Tennessee is the defending team champions of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. At last year???s event, UT used two individuals in the top three and three in the top 10, to edge second-place ETSU by one stroke to win their first tournament of the 2006-07 season.

In the lineup this year for the Vols will be Charlie Ford, Philip Pettitt, Chris Paisley, Robin Wingardh and David Holmes. Senior Ben Spickard will be competing as an individual.

Ford, a senior, finished tied for third at the 2006 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a 54-hole total of 215. That third place finish was his best of the 2006-07 season.

Pettitt finished in second place behind ETSU???s Rhys Davis. He sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the tournament to break the tie with ETSU and give Tennessee the team championship. The top-10 finish marked the first of four he would have during the 2006-07 season.

Paisley fired a scorecard of 71-76-76--220 and finished tied for 18th at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational Sept. 30- Oct. 1.

Wingardh has a scoring average of 74.50 and one round of par-or-better in two tournaments this season.

Holmes will be making his first appearance in the Vols lineup this season. A sophomore, he appeared in four tournaments last season including the NCAA Central Regional and NCAA Championships.





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