Home-state advantage wasn't enough for the UT men's golf team against a loaded field at this weekend's Bank of Tennessee/Ridges Intercollegiate.
With scores of 288-294-308-890, the Vols finished 11th at the Jonesborough, Tenn., tournament, which consisted of 12 top-25 programs.
Leading the way for the Vols was junior John Scott Rattan, who finished tied for ninth with a 69-68-78-215.
Rattan, who entered the round at 7-under-par, was unable to get on track to start the round, as he bogeyed holes three and six, before double-bogeying No. 7 to make the turn at 4-over-par.
Rattan then came back with two birdies on holes 10 and 14, before slipping with bogeys on 15, 17 and a double bogey on 18 to finish the day with a 78. Despite the 78, he still finished the tournament at 1-under-par.
Fellow junior Ross McGowan finished tied for 33rd with a scorecard of 69-74-78-221. Brandon Skeen, also a junior, was next for UT with a 75-73-79-227, to finish tied for 63rd.
The third-ranked Florida Gators claimed top team honors with a 290-280-284-854. The Gators, defending SEC Champions, won by five strokes over No. 12 Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs had a scorecard of 294-283-282 - 859. Top-ranked Clemson and No. 16 Southern California tied for third with scores of 871, while No. 23 South Carolina rounded out the top five teams with an 872.
Bill Haas of Wake Forest won the individual portion of the tournament with a 67-68-71-206. Haas won by four strokes over Martin Rominger of South Carolina and Camilo Villegas of Florida, who tied for second with scores of 210.
The 25th-ranked Vols next travel to The Farm Golf Course in Dalton, Ga., where they'll compete in the Carpet Capital Collegiate, Oct. 3-5.
Lady Vols also struggle against tough field
UT's women's golf team concluded the 2003 NCAA Fall Preview in Opelika, Ala., with a three-round 928 (314-304-310) to finish in 18th place.
Duke came from behind on the third day to tie home-standing Auburn at 870 and then knocked off the Tigers in a playoff hole to capture the Fall Preview crown.
Individually, Pepperdine's Carolina Llano converted a hole-in-one on the 15th into a tournament win with a six-under 66 on the final day for a three-round 211 (70-75-66).
As for UT, team captain Jessica Shepley was the team's top finisher, totaling a three-round 226 (74-76-76) to tie for 32nd place.
Senior Mary Jan Fernandez tied for 48th place with a 231 (78-74-79) and sophomore Violeta Retamoza, a preseason All-American, registered a 68th-place-tying 236 (83-76-77).
UT continues the fall season in Charlotte, N.C. with the Franklin Street Trust Lady Tar Heel Invitational over Oct. 3-5.