AUGUSTA, Ga.-- The Tennessee men's golf team claimed its third team title of the season at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational with a three-round scorecard of 283-272-286--841 (23-under par). Freshman David Skinns also was top medalist with a 66-67-70--203 (13-under par).
Skinns won the individual portion of the tournament in a playoff over Gregg Jones of Clemson. This was his highest finish as a Vol and his sixth top-10 finish. This marks the first individual title for a Vol since Andrew Black won the Alabama Spring Invitational in 1999 as a freshman. Black, now a senior, finished tied for sixth with a 72-66-69--207 (nine-under par). This was Black's second top-10 finish of the season. Other Vol scores include junior Andrew Pratt (26th-t) with a 215, freshman Ross McGowan (35th-t) with a 217 and junior Ian Parnaby (47th-t) with a 219.
Finishing in second to the eighth-ranked Vols was third-ranked Wake Forest, which shot a 281-279-286--846. No. 2 ranked Clemson (849), No. 23 ranked N.C. State (851) and No. 4 ranked Florida (851) rounded out the top-five teams. Other teams from the Golfweek top 25 that competed include No. 17 Virginia Tech finishing in sixth with an 853, No. 16 Augusta State finishing in seventh with an 855 and No. 14 Georgia finishing in 12th with an 863.
Finishing third behind Skinns and Jones was Camilo Villegas of Florida and Johnson Wagner of Virginia Tech. Both players turned in scores of 205. Graeme McDowell of UAB finished fifth with a 206, while there was a three-way tie for sixth.
UT's third title of the season marks the first time in the history of Tennessee golf that a team has won three titles in the same season. The Vols claimed the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions and the Rice Intercollegiate earlier this season.
Tennessee will next compete in the Southeastern Conference Championships from April 19-21. For the second year in a row, the tournament will be played at The Seaside Course at Sea Island, Ga. Last year the Vols finished sixth with a 289-292-298-879.
Golf team earns third title
Published: Tue Apr 09, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:14 p.m.