Golfers finish sixth
The Tennessee men's golf team closed out the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with a sixth-place finish.
The tournament, which is considered the first major event of the spring, was held at Sawgrass Golf and Country Club.
Coach Jim Kelson was pleased with his team's effort in such a talent-laden tournament.
"I think we played well," he said. "We had a good, solid tournament and hopefully this will be a turning point for us. This tournament proved if we play well we can play with the top teams in the country.
"It was a real positive experience and I think as a team we gained a lot of confidence."
Junior David Skinns led UT, tying him for ninth place. Next for the Vols was junior Ross McGowan. For the tournament, McGowan finished tied for 15th.
John Scott Rattan continued his climb after a rough first day with a final round score of 71, tying him for 23rd. Freshman Jonathan Mount was fourth in Vol scoring, finishing tied for 45th.
Rounding out the Vol contingent was sophomore Lloyd Campbell, who finished 86th.
South Carolina ran away with the team championship, while No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 1 Florida were 27 strokes back in a tie for second.
Abbott receives accolades
Already chosen as the SEC Pitcher of the Week, Lady Vol freshman Monica Abbott was announced as USA Softball's first Player of the Week honoree for 2004 on Tuesday afternoon.
The left-hander recorded a spectacular performance in her opening weekend among the collegiate ranks in leading Tennessee to the Eighth Annual Paradise Classic title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The 6-foot-3 hurler posted a 6-0 record following a no-hitter, a perfect game and a six-hit shutout in the championship contest. She now joins sophomore Stacey Jennings as the lone Tennessee players to receive the prestigious honor.
Jennings had collected the accolade on Feb. 25, 2003, after a strong weekend at the UNLV Tournament in which she crafted the first perfect game in school history and helped the Lady Vols to the tournament crown with a .385 batting average and a .923 slugging percentage.
"Monica is a very special person, as well as an outstanding athlete," co-coach Ralph Weekly said. "When she chose to attend UT over many other universities, she stated that she wanted to go somewhere where she could make a difference. Monica, along with several other young talented players on our roster, has already made an impact at UT.
"We are very proud of her and look forward to working with her over the next four years."
Published: Thu Feb 12, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:48 p.m.