Vols leaning on local knowledge at Honors
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Tennessee should be considered a favorite at the NCAA Championship.
Coach Jim Kelson’s squad plays about five times each year at The Honors Course, and he knows where shots can be saved on the golf course.
“Over a three-day period, there are about four shots here or there we know where to miss it,” Kelson said. “There are just a few holes out here that local knowledge could be a huge difference.”
Tennessee’s most recent trip to The Honors Course was interesting. A few weeks ago Kelson brought six players to the course to participate in the annual “Kelson Cup,” a three-on-three Ryder Cup-like event pitting his American players against his European players.
“I think it put them at ease with the surroundings,” Kelson said. “This year our schedule didn’t have a match-play event on it, and I wanted the guys to have that one-on-one experience.”
The Vols played one day of better-ball and two days of singles matches. The score ended in a 4-4 tie, which meant the Europeans retained the Cup.
Tennessee has taken the first step in its quest to winning a national championship – they made it here. Next for the Vols is making it into the top eight. If Tennessee can make it into match play, then we’ll see what home-course advantage is all about.