Nov. 10, 2005
The Tennessee men's golf team looks to head into winter break on a high note when it travels to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the Hooter's Collegiate Match Play Championships held at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort Nov. 11-13.
The tournament is formatted differently than Tennessee's normal tournaments. All 16 teams competing are seeded and will play head-to-head matches against each other. Invitation to the match-play event was based on last year's finish at the NCAA championships. Tennessee received a No. 8 seed and faces ninth-seed Georgia State in the first round Friday morning. Win or lose, Tennessee will have another match in the afternoon against either No. 1 seed Georgia or No. 16 seed Georgia Southern.
Jonathan Mount continues to be the Vols' most consistent performer this season. The Kingston native has shot par or better in nine of the 12 rounds he has played. He has also finished in fifth place or better in three tournaments this fall with his best finish coming at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate where he tied for the win.
Sophomore Ben Spickard has also had a strong fall. The Roswell, Ga., native finished 10th at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and shot a personal-best three-round score of 212 at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions earlier this season.
Philip Pettitt won the second tournament of his career earlier this season when he tied with teammate Lloyd Campbell for top honors at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions. The UT sophomore has shot rounds of par or better five times this season.
Campbell, the only senior to see action so far this season, has also had some bright moments. Campbell tied for the win at the Coca-Cola TOC and his three-under-par 69 in the second round of last weekend's Carpet Capital Collegiate was the best round by a Vol.
Charlie Ford, Chris Paisley and Tino Weiss all accompanied the team to Florida. Head Coach Jim Kelson is unsure of which player will join the other four UT's tournament lineup. Freshman Paisley has the best finish of any of the three Vols with an eighth place finish at the Coca-Cola TOC.
Seven of Golfweek's top-10 teams are competing in this weekend's tournament. Tennessee is ranked sixth in that poll. The Vols' first round opponent, Georgia State, is ranked seventh.
The tournament begins Friday, and each team is guaranteed at least two matches on Friday. Live tournament updates can be accessed online at golfstat.com.