The Tennessee men’s golf team kicked off the new season with a first-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Title in Rocky Face, Ga. The Vols took the Carpet Capital for the first time in school history with a tournament record score.
The Volunteers snagged three spots in the top six of the tournament, with sophomore Darren Renwick tying for medalist honors with a six-under-par score for the weekend. UT’s 14-under-par 274 in the third round broke the previous low round record by one stroke, and Tennessee finished 13-under-par 851 overall as a team.
Tennessee entered the Carpet Capital ranked 18th in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ preseason top 25. The rest of the field was just as impressive, as UT was one of seven teams in the Carpet Capital among the top 25, while the remaining five squads were receiving votes in the poll.
UT-Chattanooga took second place after leading the Vols by two strokes heading into Sunday’s final round. The Mocs shot even-par 288 on Sunday, giving way to UT’s record-setting third round. UT-Chattanooga finished with a score of 863, while No. 11 Georgia Tech took third, followed by Auburn and South Carolina as the top five of the weekend.
Renwick shared the tournament’s top spot with Texas Tech’s Nils Floren for Renwick’s first college title and the second for any UT golfer ever at the Carpet Capital Collegiate. UT’s Robin Wingardh and David Holmes each kept close on Renwick’s tail after tallying tournament rounds of 211 and 212 respectively. In the final round, Wingardh and Holmes combined for only one bogey on the day.
Freshman Jay Vandeventer finished the weekend with 230 thanks to a Sunday final-round score of 69. Sophomore Justin Walker shot 266 for the tournament, his best tournament score by 9 strokes.
The win was UT’s first since the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in January 2008. Tennessee will travel next to Glencoe, Ill. for the Windon Memorial Golf Classic on Oct. 4.
The Lady Vols’ golf team snagged a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., over the weekend. The No. 18 Lady Vols used a second straight one-over-par round to propel the squad two spots into fourth place in Monday’s final round of the season-opening tournament.
UT finished the weekend eight-over-par by recording 294-289-289=872 in the team’s lowest 54-hole score since 2007. Individually, the Lady Vols secured four spots in the top 25 in the tournament with finishes by sophomore Nathalie Mansson (10th) and seniors Ginny Brown and Diana Cantu and freshman Erica Popson who all tied for 21st.
Georgia, Florida State and North Carolina took the top three in the tournament. The No. 14 Lady Bulldogs recorded a three-day total of 850 (14-under) to break the tournament record by eight strokes.
Mansson carded her first under-par tournament as a Lady Vol for 10th place. The Stockholm, Sweden, native rode 12 birdies over three rounds to finish one-under par at 76-67-72=215. Mansson’s 12 birdies were fourth most in the tournament.
Brown and Cantu also recorded successful weekends at the Cougar Classic. UT’s only seniors each shot 219 to snag 21st in the tournament. The 219 was Cantu’s best since shooting 214 at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships.
Popson’s 21st-place finish came on the heels of eight birdies, all on the back nine holes of the course. Lady Vol junior Lauren Spurlock snagged 66th at 17-over par, and freshman Sara Monberg shot 17-over playing as an individual.
The Lady Vols hit the road for the Lady Tar Heel tournament on Oct. 9 in Durham, N.C.
Vols take first at Carpet Capital; Lady Vols snag fourth at Cougar
Published: Wed Sep 16, 2009