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Happy Birthday - Feb. 12: Thomas, Majors, and Johnson

On February 12, we celebrate a pair of Tennessee birthdays. Happy birthday to senior golfer Chessey Thomas and freshman sprinter Felecia Majors!

  

Today we also celebrate the birthday of Vol for Life, Inky Johnson! Watch the motivational speech he made to the team during spring practice on April 13, 2013.


Big Weekend for @LadyVol_Golf

The Tennessee women's golf program had a weekend to remember.

While the rest of Knoxville was entering freezing temperatures, former Lady Volunteer standout Erica Popson was in the Bahamas competing in her very first LPGA Tour event.

The native of Davenport, Fla., made the most of her first Tour opportunity. Popson made the second round cut and finish T-44th, racking up a nice payday. Popson's final scorecard read 74-71-71-72--288 (-4).

A link to the final Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic can be found HERE.

Further south, current Lady Volunteer Lucia Polo was representing her country of Guatemala at the Central American Open. Not only did Polo's Guatemalan team emerge victorious, but Polo herself also won the individual championship! She finished the 54-hole tournament shooting 72-70-73--215.

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Happy Birthday - Nov. 5: Jasmine Brown, Fred Smithwick

On Nov. 5, we wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee volleyball player Jasmine Brown and former Vol hoops forward Fred Smithwick.

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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.

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