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Spring begins with Vols victory

By RON BALICKI
Senior Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. – For UCLA’s Kevin Chappell, it was like a leisurely walk in the desert along the foothills or Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains on a cool, sunny day.

For Tennessee, the walk turned into a late race to the finish line.

For both, the end result was the same Tuesday at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club.

Chappell, a senior, closed with a tournament best 7-under 64 to finish at 15-under 198, the second-lowest score in the tournament’s 28-year history and three strokes shy of the event record set in 2004 by Chris Nallen

Tennessee, No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, held off a late UNLV charge and beat the Rebels by three shots, closing with a 1-under 283 for a 20-under 832 total. The Vols grabbed the lead midway through the opening round and never let it slip away, leading by as many as nine shots at one point during the final 18 holes.

UCLA, with a final-round best of 12-under 272, finished third at 5-under 847. Host Arizona, which pulled within four shots of Tennessee at one point during the final round, had to count one of two 81s and closed with an 8-over 292 to finish at 4-under 848. East Tennesee finished seven more shots back in fifth.

The Vols produced a well-balanced attack with all five players finishing in the top 21. Chris Paisley tied for second, Robin Wingardh and David Holmes tied for 10th, Phillip Pettit (pictured) was 19th and Charles Ford tied for 21st.

“I’m just thrilled for this team,” said Tennessee coach Jim Kelson. “This is our first tournament of the spring and for them to play that solid from top to bottom is very encouraging.

“UNLV made a good run at the end, but I’m proud of the way our guys hung in there from start to finish,” Kelson said. “This is a big win for us and hopefully will be a big confidence booster for the rest of the season.”

Chappell’s finish was never in doubt. He finished seven shots in front of Paisley and Aaron Goldberg of San Diego State. Seamus Power of East Tennessee State was another shot back at 7-under 206, one better than Roberto Galleti of Arizona and Ji Moon of UNLV.

When play was suspended due to darkness the previous day, Chappell stood at 7-under through 15 holes of the second round and led five other players by two shots.

It didn’t take long for him to separate himself from the rest.

Chappell made one birdie over his final three holes of the second round, before starting his third round with three consecutive birdies and five birdies over his first six holes.

From there, it was a race for second place.

“After those first six holes I just put it on cruise,” Chappell said. “Actually, I hit the ball better on the back nine, but I just didn’t make (any putts). Today was bogey free and stress free and that’s a great way to play golf.

“I really hit my irons well and I think my longest putt for par was maybe three feet,” he said. “And it’s pretty amazing because coming in this week I wasn’t hitting the ball well at all and even my practice round here wasn’t very good. But it all certainly came back together at the right time.”

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Ron Balicki is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail [email protected]

Scores with relation to par from the PingArizona Intercollegiate, played Jan. 29 at the par-71 Arizona NationalGolf Club in Tucson, Ariz.:

TEAMS

1. Tennessee 272-277-283–832

-20
2. UNLV 278-282-275–835

-17
3. UCLA 290-285-272–847

-5
4. Arizona 281-275-292–848

-4
5. East Tennessee St. 274-299-282–855
+ 3
6. San Diego State 290-286-280–856
+ 4
7. California 288-290-286–864
+ 12
8. Texas 303-284-279–866
+ 14
9. New Mexico 292-294-290–876
+ 24
9. Washington 284-301-291–876
+ 24
11. Brigham Young 294-294-294–882
+ 30
12. Nevada 290-300-293–883
+ 31
13. Arizona (b) 295-303-288–886
+ 34
14. UC-Irvine 285-293-309–887
+ 35
14. Georgia Southern 291-302-294–887
+ 35
16. Long Beach State 302-320-304–926
+ 74

INDIVIDUALS

1. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 67-67-64–198

-15
2. Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State 67-71-67–205

-8
2. Chris Paisley, Tennessee 69-67-69–205

-8
4. Seamus Power, East Tennessee St. 67-71-68–206

-7
5. Roberto Galleti, Arizona 67-70-70–207

-6
5. Ji Moon, UNLV 66-71-70–207

-6
7. Matt Hoffenberg, San Diego State 71-70-67–208

-5
7. Matt Kinsinger, UNLV 71-68-69–208

-5
9. Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee St. 69-72-68–209

-4
10. David Holmes, Tennessee 68-68-74–210

-3
10. Robin Wingardh, Tennessee 66-75-69–210

-3
12. Tarquin MacManus, Arizona 74-66-71–211

-2
12. Eddie Olson, UNLV 72-74-65–211

-2
12. Nick Park, Arizona 71-70-70–211

-2
12. Jon Sauer, New Mexico 68-69-74–211

-2
16. George Gandranata, California 69-66-77–212

-1
16. Jace Moore, Texas 71-69-72–212

-1
18. Drew Lethem, Georgia Southern 67-77-69–213

E
19. Philip Pettitt, Tennessee 69-73-72–214
+ 1
20. Seung-su Han, UNLV 69-70-76–215
+ 2
21. Charles Ford, Tennessee 74-69-73–216
+ 3
21. Bryan Harris, UC-Irvine 70-72-74–216
+ 3
23. Zach Bixler, Washington 70-75-72–217
+ 4
23. Phillip Francis, UCLA 71-76-70–217
+ 4
23. CJ Gatto, UNLV 73-73-71–217
+ 4
26. Taylor Coffman, Nevada 74-73-71–218
+ 5
26. Charlie Holland, Texas 80-70-68–218
+ 5
26. Jason Kang, UCLA 78-74-66–218
+ 5
26. Steve Saunders, New Mexico 73-75-70–218
+ 5
26. Darren Wallace, Washington 73-72-73–218
+ 5
31. Creighton Honeck, Arizona 69-69-81–219
+ 6
31. Nick Killpack, Brigham Young 69-74-76–219
+ 6
31. Lucas Lee, UCLA 74-73-72–219
+ 6
31. Eric Mina, California 73-73-73–219
+ 6
35. Jared Becher, Nevada 70-74-76–220
+ 7
35. Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee St. 73-76-71–220
+ 7
35. Stephen Hale, California 73-77-70–220
+ 7
35. Mark Lamb, Arizona (b) 72-74-74–220
+ 7
35. Lance Lopez, Texas 76-76-68–220
+ 7
35. Andrey Mindirgasov, California 73-77-70–220
+ 7
41. R H Hudson, Texas 76-74-71–221
+ 8
41. Kenny Kim, UC-Irvine 72-73-76–221
+ 8
41. Chad Moscovic, San Diego State 77-69-75–221
+ 8
41. Adam Tebbs, Brigham Young 73-73-75–221
+ 8
45. Johan Carlsson, San Diego State 75-76-71–222
+ 9
45. Trey Denton, Arizona (b) 74-75-73–222
+ 9
45. Craig Leslie, UCLA 79-71-72–222
+ 9
45. Sean Shahi, UC-Irvine 71-75-76–222
+ 9
49. Tom Carlson, New Mexico 76-75-72–223
+ 10
49. Chase Cooper, Nevada 71-79-73–223
+ 10
49. Spencer Fulford, Georgia Southern 73-73-77–223
+ 10
49. Nick Taylor, Washington 71-76-76–223
+ 10
53. Esteban Calisto, Brigham Young 78-71-75–224
+ 11
53. Tze Huang Choo, Washington 70-82-72–224
+ 11
53. Donald Constable, Texas 80-71-73–224
+ 11
53. Simon Doherty, East Tennessee St. 65-80-79–224
+ 11
53. Brady Johnson, Brigham Young 76-76-72–224
+ 11
53. Cian McNamara, East Tennessee St. 76-74-74–224
+ 11
53. Ryan Zabroske, Georgia Southern 73-77-74–224
+ 11
60. Brandon Beck, California 78-74-73–225
+ 12
60. Robb Bierbaum, New Mexico 76-75-74–225
+ 12
60. Ryan Hallisey, Nevada 75-77-73–225
+ 12
60. John Wise, Washington 73-78-74–225
+ 12
64. Michael Drake, Long Beach State 71-80-75–226
+ 13
64. Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young 76-78-72–226
+ 13
64. John Kostis, Arizona (b) 79-77-70–226
+ 13
64. Beck Miller, Arizona (b) 74-81-71–226
+ 13
64. Parker Pemberton, New Mexico 75-74-77–226
+ 13
69. Logan Blondell, Georgia Southern 78-75-74–227
+ 14
69. Erik Flores, UCLA 74-79-74–227
+ 14
69. Brad Nicholson, Brigham Young 72-82-73–227
+ 14
69. Daniel Saltz, New Mexico 75-76-76–227
+ 14
73. John Chin, UC-Irvine 72-73-83–228
+ 15
73. Andrew Kelly, Arizona (b) 75-77-76–228
+ 15
75. Tyler Neal, Arizona 76-73-81–230
+ 17
75. Scott Smith, Nevada 78-76-76–230
+ 17
77. Jordan Findlay, East Tennessee St. 77-80-75–232
+ 19
78. Jacob Lestishen, New Mexico 76-77-80–233
+ 20
79. Karl Katnik, Long Beach State 73-80-81–234
+ 21
80. Eric Pitcaithley, Long Beach State 80-82-74–236
+ 23
81. J.J. Katnik, Long Beach State 78-87-74–239
+ 26
82. Jordan Johnstun, Georgia Southern 79-77-84–240
+ 27
83. Josh Porter, Arizona (b) 85-80-77–242
+ 29
84. Jeremy Keller, Long Beach State 86-78-83–247
+ 34
85. Tom Conran, Arizona (b) 90-94-90–274
+ 61
86. Jerry Porras, San Diego State 107-104-93–304
+ 91
WD. Tim Cha, UC-Irvine 74-77–WD

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