Oct. 11, 2012
On Friday, the Tennessee men's golf team will be teeing off at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate golf tournament, which is hosted by Eastern Tennessee State University and is played at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.
The tournament, which is in its 16th year, will start play on Friday, Oct. 12 and run through Sunday, Oct. 14. The 13-team field will play on a special par-72 course layout of 7,147 yards that rests in the foothills of northeast Tennessee. The Blackthorn Club golf course was designed by Arthur Hills, who was twice named Golf Digest "Architect of the Year". The course breakdown can be found by clicking here.
The Volunteers head into their third tournament of the 2012-13 season after finishing 8th in the Carpet Capital Collegiate and 5th in the Windon Memorial. Early on, Tennessee has been led by strong play from its newcomers. Freshman Michael Nagy has been very consistent in his first two collegiate matches and looks to continue that streak at Blackthorn.
The Vols are quite familiar with the Bank of Tennessee event. In the past decade, Tennessee has won the tournament three times (2004, 2006, 2009). Additionally, three Vol golfers have taken the individual championship (Ian Parnaby - 2002, Philip Pettitt - 2004, Chris Paisley - 2007).
In addition to winning championships, Tennessee holds a few tournament records. Paisley set the record for best single-round score and best second-round score with an 8-under (64) back in 2007.
The play format will consist of five-man teams, with the best four scores counting toward the daily total. Play will be in threesomes with tee times each day. Tennessee opens play Friday morning.
The complete 2012 tournament field includes: ETSU (host), Army, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Memphis, Missouri, Penn State, Pepperdine, Tennessee, UNC Wilmington, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
This year's field includes five teams ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The ranked teams consist of No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 23 Missouri, No. 31 Tennessee, No. 39 Coastal Carolina, and No. 40 Virginia Tech.