The Tennessee men’s golf team is putting up numbers not seen since the early 1980s.
On Tuesday, the Vols finished play at the Sea Best Invitational with some impressive results under their belts.
The team’s overall talent was put on display as the Vols finished 3-over (278-280-285--843) to come out fifth out of the 14 schools competing. The underdog of the tournament, No. 43 South Florida, went home with the championship, finishing 6-under (274-279-281--834). Top-20 Arkansas (-5, 282-267-286--835), Liberty (-1, -277-277-285-839) and No. 11 LSU (+2, 283-279-280--842) all finished in the top four.
Tennessee beat out No. 24 North Carolina, along with No. 27 North Florida (tied-6th) and No. 23 Duke (12th), further proving their national relevancy.
Tuesday marked the first time since the 1981-1982 season that the Tennessee men have opened a season with five straight top-five performances. This feat was highlighted by strong individual play, starting with the Vols’ senior leader.
The only Vol to finish under par on day two was senior Lorenzo Scalise, who came out with four birdies on the front nine to boost to a 2-under 68 for the third round. Scalise continued his dominance by recording his second top-five finish of the season.
Scalise finished fourth overall at 5 under par (67-70-68--205). It was an extremely close battle, as Ervin Chang of Liberty came out on top after a three-way tie.
Sophomore Jake Meenhorst notched Tennessee its second-best mark of the invitational while also scoring the best result of his career, tying for 16th. Meenhorst started Tuesday 1 under par and recorded a solid 72 in round three to close out the two-day event at an impressive 1-over (68-71-72--211).
Redshirt freshman Sean Wilcox played like a veteran, earning the Vols' third-best score, tying for 23rd and ending the tournament at 3-over (74-67-72--213).
To cap off the top performances by the Vols, sophomore and Tennessee native Brayden Garrison recorded a whopping four birdies on the front-nine. Garrison finished at 5-over and tied for 31st overall (70-72-73--215).
Freshman Chase Roswall, who competed as an individual, wound up 5-over for the tournament and joined Garrison to tie for 31st.
Sophomore Rhys Nevin withdrew in the midst of round three, as he began the day at a rough 10-over (73-77--150).
Tennessee will look to continue its success from Feb. 16 through Feb. 18 at the University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, California.