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Golfers To Compete At Callaway Match Play

The Tennessee men’s golf team reaches the home stretch of the fall season this weekend as they travel to Greensboro, Ga., for the 2007 Callaway Golf Collegiate Match Play Championships which runs Sunday through Monday at Reynolds Plantation Country Club.

Invitation to this event is based on 2007 Division I national championships finish and features 16 teams that finished in the top 17 at nationals. All teams are seeded and will play head-to-head matches against each other.

The Volunteers are the 12th seed and will play against fifth-seeded Oklahoma State in the first round. Win or lose, Tennessee will have another match in the afternoon against either No. 4 UCLA or No. 13 Minnesota.

The rest of the field includes Charlotte, Alabama, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Georgia, Florida State, Duke, Florida, South Carolina, Lamar, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia State and Coastal Carolina.

The teams will tee off on the Oconee Course beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday.

The Oconee Course was completed in 2002 along with the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, located across the street. Rees Jones, who designed the 7,299 yard, par-72 course, used a combination of stunning terrain and an excellent routing plan to create an abundance of exciting golf. Lake Oconee comes into play on five holes and there are a number of other dramatic water features that will challenge players.

Senior Philip Pettitt will lead the Vols into this team competition. Pettitt is coming off his best performance of the season, a 12th-place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, Oct. 12-14.

Chris Paisley is also coming off his best finish of the season as he earned medalist honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Paisley matched course and tournament records with an 8-under-par 64 and went on to win the tournament at 10-under-par 206.

Charlie Ford has the only other top-10 finish individual finish for Tennessee this season. He finished tied for seventh at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Sept. 30- Oct. 1.

Sophomore David Holmes has one appearance for the Vols this season, finishing tied for 36th with a scorecard of 73-72-73--218. 

Senior Ben Spickard and freshman Robin Wingardh will alternate in the final spot for Tennessee this weekend. Spickard has a 74.67 scoring average this season in one tournament, while Wingardh has a scoring average of 74.22 through three tournaments.



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