The Tennessee men’s golf team earned top team honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament this past weekend, while the women’s team won the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships.
It was the first time both squads recorded victories on the same weekend since 2006.
The men’s team held a tie with Oregon State entering Sunday’s final round and made up four shots on the back 9 to finish with a score of 861, three-under-par, which was good enough to tie the Beavers. A tiebreaker was used to determine the winner, and Tennessee won the tiebreaker by virtue of having a lower score by the team’s fifth-place player.
Vols’ head coach Jim Kelson was happy to get the team’s second victory of the season against a competitive field.
“We didn’t play our best golf but were able to play pretty solid coming in,” Kelson said. “It’s always a thrill to win, but it’s especially thrilling to win this tournament. It’s a great field every year, and this time was no exception.”
Sophomore Darren Renwick led the Vols over the weekend, earning a tie for second individually after posting a score of 213, three-under-par. Senior David Holmes began Sunday’s play in a tie for second place but settled for an 11th place tie with a score of 215, one-under-par.
Junior Robin Wingardh shot an even par 72 all three days of the tournament to finish in a tie for 16th place with a score of 216. Freshman Jay Vandeventer and sophomores Justin Walker and Garrick Porteous all shot a six-over-par 222 for the tournament for a share of 40th place. It was Walker’s 77 on Sunday that gave UT the victory, as Oregon State’s Mike Barry shot 78.
On the women’s side, the Lady Vols won the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships by 19 strokes, the largest margin of victory in the tournament’s 13-year history, with a four-over-par 868. Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon was impressed that her team was able to hold the lead.
“It feels fantastic to win,” Pavon said. “... I’m really proud of them. It’s really hard to play with a lead, and for each one of them to stay focused was awesome.”
Sophomore Nathalie Mansson won a five-hole playoff over Louisville’s Laura Anderson to earn top individual honors with a score of 213, two-under-par. The Swedish native said she tried to play relaxed despite the chilly weather conditions.
“I kept my focus and stayed patient with it being such a long day (on Sunday),” she said. “I just focused on one shot at a time.”
Senior Ginny Brown shot a career-best 215, one-under-par score to finish third. Fellow senior Diana Cantu tied for eighth with a score of 219, three-over-par. Freshmen Sara Monberg and Erica Popson finished in ties for 13th and 29th, respectfully, as Monberg shot a six-over 222 while Popson shot 227, 11-over-par. Junior Lauren Spurlock tied for 39th with a score of 228, 12-over-par. Junior Rebecca Watson’s 229 and freshman Leigh Henderson’s 230 were good enough for ties in 46th and 52nd, respectfully.
The Vols will end fall play next weekend at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., while the Lady Vols will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the Alamo Invitational Oct. 26 through Oct. 27.