The Tennessee men’s golf team won its first Southeastern Conference championship in 17 years on Sunday, holding off third-ranked Alabama by two strokes in the final round of the SEC Championships at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga.
It was the third SEC championship in school history for the Volunteers. Their only previous titles came in 1980 and 1990.
“The coaches are very proud of this team. We set this goal at the beginning of the year and have worked hard at achieving this goal,” said head coach Jim Kelson. “They paid the price to be successful and they deserve to win this championship ... their efforts, desire and their great team chemistry was a big part of our win.”
Tennessee ended the day with a team score of 5-over-par 285 to maintain its second-round lead and finish the tournament 29 over par.
Three players finished in the top 10 for the Vols, led by sophomore Chris Paisley and senior Tino Weiss, who both finished in a tie for second place at 5-over-par 215. Auburn’s Patton Kizzire took home the individual championship at 1 over par.
Paisley’s 1-under-par 69 was UT’s best individual round on Sunday. Weiss shot a 1-over-par 71. The second-place finish was the best of the year for each of them.
Junior Charlie Ford came in eighth at 7 over par, wrapping up his third top-10 finish of the season with a 1-over-par 71 on Sunday.
Philip Pettitt tied for 23rd place at 12 over par after firing a 4-over-par 74 in the final round.
Freshman David Holmes finished the tournament in 59th place after shooting a 12-over-par 82 in the final round.
Auburn, Mississippi and No. 9-ranked Florida rounded out the top five in the team standings, while top-ranked Georgia finished sixth.
The Vols now will advance to the NCAA East Regional, which will be played May 17-19 at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
2007 SEC Championship
Place Team Scores
1 Tennessee 301-283-285=869
2 Alabama 298-288-285=871
3 Auburn 304-288-282=874
4 Mississippi 295-293-288=876
5 Florida 304-284-290=878
6 Georgia 308-289-286=883
7 Vanderbilt 302-295-289=886
8 South Carolina 304-297-287=888
9 Louisiana State 301-297-294=892
10 Arkansas 316-295-286=897
11 Kentucky 312-293-296=901
12 Mississippi State 304-307-302=913
Place Individuals Scores
1 Patton Kizzire Auburn 72-69-70=211
T2 Chris Paisley Tennessee 76-70-69=215
T2 Tino Weiss Tennessee 74-70-71=215
Paisley, Weiss lead Vols to SEC title
Published: Mon Apr 23, 2007 | Modified: Wed Jun 27, 2007 02:19 p.m.