Nov. 4, 2012
Looking to close out their fall season with a win, head coach Jim Kelson leads the Volunteers to San Martin, Calif., to compete in the Gifford Collegiate at the CordeValle Country Club. The tournament kicks off Monday, Nov. 5 and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The 7,360 yard, award winning golf course was designed by golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The par-72 course design features "PGA Tour quality challenges, offering excitement and enjoyment to both passionate and novice golfer".
The field includes three highly ranked teams in #4 UCLA (tournament host), #9 Southern California, and #11 Stanford. The field also includes: Coastal Carolina, Lamar, Northwestern, Oregon State, San Jose State, SMU, and Tennessee.
The tournament will consist of six-man teams with the top five scores counting each round. Tennessee's starting six will be lead by seniors Rick Lamb and Jay Vandeventer, followed by Thomas Dunne, Michael Nagy, Marshall Talkington, and Chad Merzbacher.
"I think we're going to play just fine. We have an incredible team this year," said freshman Merzbacher. "We're going to treat it just like any other tournament by playing the best we can."
Tennessee begins play Monday morning with Lamb teeing off at 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 9:30 a.m. (PT). The Vols will be first round playing partners with SMU and Stanford. All first round tee times can be found here.
The Gifford Collegiate is Tennessee's final tournament until the spring season begins at the Jacksonville Invitational on Feb. 4, 2013.