Oct. 23, 2008
The No. 14 Tennessee men's golf team travels this weekend to face some of the nation's strongest golf programs at the 11th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Considered one of the top events in collegiate golf, the 54-hole tournament runs Friday through Sunday, at the par-72, 7,001-yard Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.
This event marks the Volunteers' last tournament of the fall season.
This year's tournament features six squads that were ranked in the national preseason Top 25. Some of those highly-ranked squads include ETSU, Tennessee, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Mississippi, Auburn and UAB. Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Missouri, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia make up the rest of the field.
Individually, players such as last year's champion Chris Paisley and fellow Volunteer Robin Wingardh, who won this year's PING/Golfweek preview, as well as preseason All-America Zach Zurcher of UAB and the nation's current No.1-ranked player Matt Hill of North Carolina State, will be among those in the field.
At the last year's event, the Tennessee men's golf team finished tied for fifth with Coastal Carolina.
Paisley collected his second top-10 finish of the season earlier this month at the Wolf Pack Classic. The senior tied for fourth with a 54-hole total of 209.
Holmes also finished in the top 10 at the Wolf Pack Classic, a tie for seventh place. The Knoxville native has a 72.33 scoring average this season.
Wingardh has appeared in all three tournaments this season for the Vols and over those nine rounds has one top-10 finish, a 71.22 scoring average and six rounds of par or better.
Lawrence earned a career-best, eighth-place finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview, Sept. 30. This is his third tournament this fall.
Walker will make his collegiate debut after redshirting the 2007-08 season.
Porteous made his Volunteer debut at the Wolf Pack Classic, finishing tied for 26th with a 54-hole total of 218.
Live scoring for the event will be available at www.utsports.com and www.golfstat.com.