UT in Second at FSU Match-Up
Senior Erica Popson

Feb. 15, 2013

Round One Results

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Lady Vol golf team fired a 3-over par 291 in the opening round of the Florida State Match-Up Tournament Friday to sit in second place. Tennessee is one stroke off the lead as Georgia is 2-over par 290.

"We got off to a shaky start in the first six holes," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We played the back first, which is more difficult but made some unforced errors. The players stayed positive and patient though, and were able to take advantage of some birdie opportunities and make a great comeback."

Leading the way for UT was senior Erica Popson who rounded out the day at 2-under par 70, recording her eighth round this year of shooting par or better. The Davenport, Fla., native is currently in third heading into the second round, four shots off Georgia's Rocio Sanchez Lobato's lead.

Tennessee has three players sitting in the top-15 through 18 holes. Following Popson in third, junior Chessey Thomas shot even-par 72 to sit in a tie for fifth, while sophomore AJ Newell was 1-over par 73 to tie for 12th on the day.

"Erica had a good round today and even felt it could have been better," Pavon said. "A.J. was solid from start to finish. Chessey played her last 12 holes 4-under, and as a team we played the front 9 (out second 9) 5-under."

Rounding out the Lady Vols' fourth score was senior Sara Monberg who is in a tie for 27th at 4-over 76. Sophomore Daeun Song shot 10-over par 82 to sit in a tie for 59th.

Tennessee recorded 15 birdies on the day as Popson led with five, which was third-most among competitors. Thomas notched four and Newell carded two.

UT is eight strokes ahead of UTSA (+11), its matched up team in the tournament.

"Tomorrow is not supposed to be a very nice day so it's good to be in contention and to have played well in pretty good weather," Pavon said.

The Lady Vols tee off at 10 a.m. ET Saturday for the second round.

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TEAM SCORES (Through One Round)
1. #16 Georgia 290 (+2)
2. #33 TENNESSEE 291 (+3)
T3. Florida State 295 (+7)
T3. Furman 295 (+7)
5. #21 Texas A&M 296 (+8)
6. #6 Oklahoma 298 (+10)
7. #41 UTSA 299 (+11)
8. #15 Notre Dame 300 (+12)
9. Michigan 304 (+16)
10. Kansas 310 (+22)
11. UNC-Greenville 314 (+26)
12. UNC-Wilmington 323 (+35)
1. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 66 (-6)
2. Laura Wearn, Furman 69 (-1)
3. Erica Popson, TENNESSEE 70 (-2)
4. Paola Valerio, UTSA 71 (-1)
T5. Chessey Thomas, TENNESSEE 72 (E)
T5. Collins Bradshaw, Georgia 72 (E)
T5. Olivia Hullert, Florida State 72 (E)
T5. Jessica Negron, Florida State 72 (E)
T5. Manuela Carbajo Re, Georgia 72 (E)
T5. Aubrie Street, Furman 72 (E)
T5. Lindsey Weaver, Notre Dame 72 (E)
UT SCORES (Through One Round)
3. Erica Popson 70 (-2)
T5. Chessey Thomas 72 (E)
T12. AJ Newell 73 (+1)
T27. Sara Monberg 76 (+4)
T59. Daeun Song 82 (+10)





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