Nov. 4, 2013
The Tennessee men's golf team will wrap up its fall season this week when the Volunteers compete in the Gifford Collegiate Championship in Newport Beach, California.
In the ninth edition of the Gifford Collegiate, Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson knows what it takes to have success at the two-day tournament. Last season, Tennessee senior Rick Lamb won the individual crown after posting an impressive 207 (-6).
The Volunteers hope to replicate that same success on Monday when they play 36 holes of golf. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 5 with the final 18 holes. Tournament host UCLA won the team championship two out of the last three years.
Kelson and assistant coach Casey VanDamme will go with a new starting five for the Vols' final tournament of the fall season: Oliver Goss, Brandon Rodgers, Chad Merzbacher, Jack Smith and Michael Monroe.
Merzbacher is coming off one of the best collegiate tournaments of his career. Last month, the sophomore from Dublin, Ohio finished the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tied for eighth after carding a career-low total of 210.
Meanwhile, Monroe is making his first ever start for the Big Orange. The Franklin, Tenn., native previously played at UT-Chattanooga before walking on at Tennessee. Prior to becoming a Vol, Monroe played in three tournaments for the Mocs with a career best finish of 22nd place.
In the Volunteers' previous three tournaments of the fall, Tennessee has finished tied for eleventh, fourth and seventh. The Big Orange look to continue its streak of consecutive top ten finishes this week in California.
2013 Gifford Collegiate Championship
Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Lamar, Oregon, Northwestern, Southern Methodist, Tennessee UCLA, USC, Washington
November 4-5, 2013
Pelican Hill North Course - Newport, California - Par 70 - 6,985 yards
GIFFORD COLLEGIATE FACT SHEET
Individual - Rick Lamb, TENNESSEE - 2012 Team - UCLA - 2012
TENNESSEE'S TEE TIMES
Monday, Nov. 4 - First Round - 7:38 a.m. PT (Pacific) - Paired with Oregon Monday, Nov. 4 - Second Round - 11:38 a.m. PT - Paired with Oregon Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Third Round - TBD
VOLS STARTING LINEUP