Men's Golf Eighth After Two Rounds at Tennessee TOC
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU men’s golf team shot a 1-over par 577 on Monday in the 2002 Coca-Cola Tennessee Tournament of Champions at Holston Hills Country Club to place eighth after two rounds in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Tigers fired a 4-under par 284 in round one on Monday morning, their best round this season and then shot a 5-over 293 in round two. LSU finished in a tie for 11th place at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate last week in Tampa, Fla. The tournament consisted of only two rounds due to bad weather as the Tigers shot a 4-over 288 in the second round, their previous lowest score of the season before Monday.
Georgia and host Tennessee are tied for the overall lead after 36 holes at 16-under par 560. The Bulldogs fired consecutive 8-under 280’s and Tennessee, the defending champions, shot an unreal 12-under par 276 in the first round and followed that with a second-round 4-under 284. The Vols shot a 1-over 841 last season at the par-70 Cherokee Country Club to win the event by three strokes over Auburn. Tennessee shot 278-276 in the final two rounds a year ago.
Vanderbilt is in third place at 15-under par 560, College of Charleston is fourth at 11-under 564 and East Tennessee State is fifth at 2-under par 574. Three golfers are tied for the individual lead after two rounds at 9-under 135. Vanderbilt’s Brandt Snedeker, Tennessee’s David Skinns and College of Charleston’s Bruce McDonald are tied atop the leader board. Snedker fired a 3-under 69 in round one and then shot a 6-under par 66 in his second round. Skinns, the 2002 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, shot 68-67, and McDonald posted scores of 67-68 Monday.
Sophomore Heath West was LSU’s top player on Monday. He fired a 4-under 68 in round one and then a 1-over 73 in the second round to tie for ninth place at 3-under par 144. West tied for sixth palce at even-par 210 in the tournament last season as a true freshman. Senior John Humphries is alone in 22nd place at 1-under par 143 after shooting rounds of 69-74 Monday. Humphries has been the team’s top finisher in the first three tournaments of the year and equaled his lowest round of the season (69) in round one.
Brandon Aydlett, in just his second career tournament, shot 74-71 and is tied for 26th place at 1-over 145. Aydlett participated as an individual twice last season in the Tigers’ two home tournaments but did not see action until last week at the Gary Koch. Jeff Riemann made his fourth-straight start for LSU on Monday and shot a 4-over 148 to tie for 45th place. Freshman David Aitchison is tied for 66th at 9-over 153.
“We played really well in the morning and had the best round of the season, and we actually played pretty well in the afternoon,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “We need to improve some things tomorrow and go out there and try to put up some low numbers as we always try to do.”
The tournament will wrap up Tuesday with the final 18 holes and then the Tigers will begin preparing to host the 10th-annual Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate on Oct. 28-29 in Baton Rouge.
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
t1. Georgia 280-280 — 560 -16; t1. Tennessee 276-284 — 560 -16; 3. Vanderbilt 282-279 — 561 -15; 4. College of Charleston 283-281 — 564 -12; 5. East Tennessee State 291-283 — 574 -2; t6. UNC-Wilmington 292-283 — 575 -1; t6. South Alabama 287-288 — 575 -1; 8. LSU 284-293 — 577 +1; 9. Georgia State 293-292 — 585 +9; 10. Tulane 295-296 — 591 +15; 11. Florida State 301-291 — 592 +16; 12. Virginia Commonwealth 294-300 — 594 +18; 13. Mississippi State 299-298 — 597 +21; 14. Tennessee-Chattanooga 304-296 — 600 +24
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
t1. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt, 69-66 — 135 -9; t1. David Skinns, Tennessee, 68-67 — 135 -9; t1. Bruce McDonald, College of Charleston, 67-68 — 135 -9; 4. Gareth Maybin, South Alabama, 67-70 — 137 -7; 5. John Scott Rattan, Tennessee, 69-70 — 139 -5