Tennessee is ranked No. 3 in the nation in this week's Golfweek men's college golf poll. TCU is No. 1, followed by Texas, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
The Vols, ranked fifth last week in the poll, are coming off an impressive second-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga., earlier this month where Tennessee finished ahead of nationally-ranked powers South Carolina, Wake Forest, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida and East Tennessee State.
"It's very early in the season and as most coaches say, 'There's only one poll that really matters and that's the one that comes out after the NCAA Championship in June,' " UT head coach Jim Kelson said. "But it is exciting for our program to get a little notoriety and get some recognition because our players have been working at it pretty hard the last three years. It helps us from a confidence standpoint and I think that is the big thing in golf."
The Vols' Ian Parnaby (68-71-75-214) and David Skinns (71-68-75-214) tied for fifth place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate to lead Tennessee's impressive effort that saw four UT golfers finish in the top 25. Andrew Pratt finished 14th (71-75-73-219) and Andrew Black, who came in at No. 21, carded a 222 (73-76-73).
Tennessee will be hosting the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions Oct. 22-23 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.