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Lady Vols in Summer Action

A number of current and former Lady Vols are playing across the nation and world this summer.

Incoming freshman Lucia Polo recently captured the North Carolina Junior Girls Championship, earning her second CGA Championship title. Polo qualified to be part of the Carolinas Junior Golf Girls Team in the Mid-Atlantic Junior Girls Team Matches in Pinehurst, N.C., July 26-28.

Incoming freshman and Knoxville native Teleri Hughes is currently on the AJGA and is competing in the Bridgestone Golf/Brandt Snedeker Music City Junior presented by Toyota in Nashville this week. First round action begins Tuesday, June 25, and wraps up Thursday, June 27.

Currently Lady Vol sophomore Emmie Pietila will compete in the Michigan Open, while her sister, upcoming freshman Hannah Pietila participates in the Michigan Junior Am. Senior Chessey Thomas will take part in the Washington Am.

Former Lady Vol Jessica Shepley begins the 2013 Women's Open on Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. She tees off at 2:42 p.m. ET and you can follow her live through the tournament <a href="http://www.usga.org/ChampEventContent.aspx?id=21474856689"> here</a>.

Recent graduate and Tennessee standout Erica Popson begins her professional career this week as she competes in the Michigan Women's Pro Am, while former teammate Sara Monberg is competing overseas on the 2013 NCAA All-Star Golf Team Asia Tour. 

Former Lady Vols On Tour

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Four Lady Vols competed this weekend as Nicole Smith and Jessica Shepley participated in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, and Nathalie Mansson and Ginny Brown played in the Friends of Mission Charity Classic, a part of the Symetra Tour.

At the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., Smith finished in a tie for 54th at 5-under 283, carding 16 birdies in four rounds. Shepley placed 74th with a 292 (+4) card. She totaled one eagle and 13 birdies throughout the tournament. 

At the Friends of Mission Charity Classic in Asheville, N.C., Mansson tied for 60th with a 222 (+6) card and six birdies through three rounds. Brown only competed through two rounds, finishing at 11-over 155. 

Happy Birthday - May 16: Alton, Mansson

On May 16, we send Happy Birthday wishes a pair of recent Tennessee student-athletes: Abbie Alton of the swim team and Nathalie Mansson of the golf team. 


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Happy Birthday - April 18: Popson

We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to senior Lady Vol golfer Erica Popson!

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Happy Birthday - April 9: Blair, Newell, Walls

Happy Birthday on April 9 to senior hurdler/sprinter Bianca Blair, sophomore golfer AJ Newell and senior football defensive lineman Marlon Walls.


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Smith Wraps Up First LPGA Event

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Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith competed in her first LPGA event over the weekend at the 2013 ISPS HANDA Australian Open in Canberra, Australia. Smith tied for 80th out of a field of 157 competitors.

The Riverside, Calif., native wrapped up the tournament 4-over par 296. She posted a 1-under 72 card in the first and second rounds each, while hitting even-par 73 in the third round. She finished the fourth and final round at 6-over 79. The top 82 competitors from the first and second rounds moved on to the third and fourth rounds.

Through the tournament, Smith notched one eagle and 11 birdies.

Smith's next LPGA event takes place March 14-17 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz.

For complete results, click here.

Mansson Finishes 28th at LPGA International Legends

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Former Lady Vol Nathalie Mansson finished in a tie for 28th at the LPGA International Legends Tournament, a part of the Suncoast Ladies Series.

Mansson shot a first-round score of 7-over par 79, followed by a second-round comeback of 1-over par 73. The Swede carded a final round score of 4-over 76 to wrap up the tournament at 12-over par 228 in a field of 57 competitors.

The next Suncoast Ladies Series event for Mansson takes place February 25-27 at the Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla.

To see final results of the event, click here.

Smith Starts 2013 on Ladies European Tour

Former Lady Vol golfer Nicole Smith has kicked off 2013 competing on the Ladies European Tour at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. 

At the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia, Smith came in a tie for 45th, finishing with a 5-over par 221. Through three rounds the Riverside, Calif, native carded nine birdies, six of which she recorded in the second round alone. 

Smith tied for 72nd out of a field of 143 competitors at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch, New Zealand. In two rounds, she posted a 6-over par 150. After a first round score of 8-over par 70, Smith bounced back shooting 2-under par 70, notching five birdies in the round. Only the top 55 players advanced to the final round.

Smith wraps up February at the ISPS Handa Women´s Australian Open the 14th-17th in Canberra, Australia as part of the LPGA Tour.  

Happy Birthday - Feb. 12 Chessey Thomas

A happy birthday shoutout to Lady Vol golfer Chessey Thomas who turns 21 today! 

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Chessey shares her birthday with Abraham Lincoln!

Smith Moves Into a Tie For Lead

After shooting 4-under par 68 in the second round at the Daytona Beach Invitational, Nicole Smith has taken a share of the lead. The former Lady Vol racked up seven birdies to bring her two-round total to 7-under par 137 to become one step closer to earning her LPGA card.

Smith is currently tied with Courtney Massey and Daniela Iacobelli for the lead. The Riverside, Calif., product tees off for the final round at 9:35 a.m. Sunday. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here and live stats of the tournament are available here.

Smith has been part of the Symetra Tour's Volvik Race for the Card. The top-10 finishers on the money list at the conclusion of the tour will earn their LPGA cards. Smith is currently ninth on the list.

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