Kentucky Men's Golf in Eighth Place After Opening Round at SEC Championship

April 17, 2009

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Through the opening 18 holes in the 44th playing of the of the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championship, the Wildcats are in eighth place after a commanding 5-under par performance by junior Jordan Blann.

Against an SEC field that includes 10 teams ranked in the top 50, including No. 47 Kentucky, the Wildcats have their work cut out for them this weekend as they vie for their second SEC championship in five years. The first SEC tournament title in the 42 year history of Kentucky men's golf came in 2005 when current PGA Tour pro J.B. Holmes led the Wildcat charge with a third place finish at 215.

No. 1 ranked Georgia leads the tournament with an opening round 282. Kentucky is 15 strokes behind the tournament leader.

Bowling Green, Ky. Native Blann set the mark Friday against the stellar field, firing a 5-under par 67. Earlier in the 2008-09 season, Blann's career best round 64 set a Brian Craig Era record in the second round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in late March.

Sophomore James Kania, fresh off a 15th-place performance in last week's UK Bluegrass Invitational, sits in sole possession of 28th place after shooting a 3-over par on the 7,217 yard, par-72 Frederica Golf Club course.

Senior co-captain Andy Winings is tied for 40th after an opening round 77. Winings has started every regular season tournament of his Wildcat career including 56 rounds at or under par.

Danish import Mads Kristensen shot a 6-over par for a 78. Kristensen will enter Saturday's second round in a share of the 49th place.

Rounding the scoring for Kentucky is Ben Fuqua with an opening round 82. Fuqua, a senior, is tied for 57th.

Kentucky returns to the course tomorrow morning at 8:30 EDT in hunt for the 2009 SEC tournament title. Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com with a round-by-round recap on Ukathletics.com.