Oct. 29, 2003
The Tennessee men's golf team travels to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Landfall Tradition, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The Country Club of Landfall's Jack Nicklaus Course plays host to the Vols' final tournament of the 2003 fall season.
Head Coach Jim Kelson looks forward to competing in a new tournament and feels it is a good challenge for his team.
"This is a new event for us, being played on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course," Kelson said. "It is a demanding course and will no doubt be a good test of golf for us. We are really looking forward to competing against some good teams."
The tournament field consists of East Tennessee State, Florida State, Memphis, No. 12 Minnesota, Missouri, host North Carolina at Wilmington, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Tulsa and Virginia Tech.
For the tournament, Kelson will field four juniors and a freshman.
Leading the way for the Vols at the one position is junior Brandon Skeen. Skeen is coming off his best tournament finish as a Vol. Recently he claimed fifth-place honors at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions with scores of 70-69-69--208. He enters the tournament with a scoring average of 72.50.
"Brandon [Skeen] is coming off three good rounds at the Tournament of Champions," Kelson said. "We look for him to continue his good play."
Fellow juniors Ross McGowan, David Skinns and John Scott Rattan hold down spots two, three and four, respectively. McGowan's highest finish of the fall was at the Tournament of Champions, finishing eighth. He has a scoring average of 72.89. Skinns' (72.67) highest finish of the year also came at the Tournament of Champions, in 10th.
Rattan enters the tournament with a scoring average of 71.89, which is tops on the team. His highest finish of the season came at the Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate, finishing ninth. Freshman Jonathan Mount rounds out the team. Mount competed in his first tournament as a Vol at the Tournament of Champions, finishing tied for 35th. He has a scoring average of 74.
"Jonathan [Mount] has played really well in qualifying," Kelson said. "He shot a 14-under and we look for him to contribute this weekend.
"We are a good team and so far, we have not put it together for three straight rounds," Kelson said. We have not played up to our potential, but we look to finish the fall on a good note in Wilmington."
The tournament is a 54-hole format, with 18 holes played over a three-day period.