AUBURN, Ala.--Led by sophomore Ross McGowan's 67, the 23rd-ranked Tennessee men's golf team is tied for first place after the first round of play at the 2003 NCAA East Regional. The Vols fired a 281 to tie them with 15th-ranked Georgia Tech. The tournament is being played at the Auburn University Course (par 72, 7,207 yards).
McGowan's 5-under 67 is good enough to share the tournament lead with Gareth Maybin of South Alabama. He ended the day with five birdies, two on the front nine and three-straight to start the back nine.
Fellow sophomores John-Scott Rattan and David Skinns are also under par for Tennessee.
Rattan and Skinns both fired scores of 70 to tie for 10th place. Rattan closed out a steady day of play with five birdies, while Skinns bounced back from a rough front nine to card six birdies, five on the final nine holes.
Next is senior Andrew Pratt. Pratt fired a 74 to tie him for 45th place. Rounding out the Vol scoring is fellow senior Ian Parnaby who is in 81st with a 77.
Following the Vols and Yellow Jackets is top-ranked Clemson with a score of 285. Duke is in fourth with a 286 There is a three-way tie for fifth between No. 5 Florida, No. 4 Augusta State and No. 2 Wake Forest with scores of 290.
Following McGowan and Maybin is a three-way tie for third. William Ted Brown of Virginia Commonwealth, defending NCAA individual champion Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech and Alvero Velasco of Coastal Carolina are tied for third with scores of 68 to round out the top individuals.