Feb. 18, 2014
The Tennessee women's golf team remained consistent throughout its stay at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, but was unable to match last week's championship success. After rounds of 300, 300 and 299, the Lady Vols finished tenth in a field consisting of nine of the top-50 teams in the nation.
"We had some good individual performances this week," head coach Judi Pavon said. "Chessey, Lucia and Mason all played well and got a good start to the spring this week. The other girls all did some good things and we really learned a lot that will help."
"This was a really strong field and we beat a few teams ranked ahead of us which is always good."
Senior Chessey Thomas led the Lady Volunteers as she finished tied for 13th with a total score of 219 (+3). Thomas hovered around even par each day, but was only able to shoot 72 (E) on Tuesday. She recorded six total birdies over three rounds, sinking two each day.
The middle of UT's lineup featured some international flavor, which was an encouraging sight for Pavon. Lucia Polo followed up her career day on Monday with a final round 78 (+6), dropping her into a tie for 20th position. The native of Guatemala finished the tournament with a career best 54-hole total of 222 (+6).
Mason Chen had one of her better performances of the season. The native of Taiwan carded a 54-hole total of 225 (+9). Chen racked up 11 birdies in Puerto Rico, three of which came during her final round 74 (+2).
The Pietila sisters, Hannah and Emmie, had early struggles navigating the Rio Mar River Course. Yet, the pair redeemed themselves with solid final rounds. Hannah Pietila shot a third round 75 (+3) and Emmie Pietila shot a 79 (+7). Hannah finished tied for 59th while Emmie finished tied for 80th.
Daeun Song completed the Lady Vols' travel party by finishing tied for 50th as an individual competitor. Song thrived during the first day by carding a 74 (+2), but she was unable to continue that pace on Monday and Tuesday.
The University of Arkansas ran away with the team championship. The Razorbacks shot a three-day total of 867 (+3), defeating the nearest competitor by 14 strokes. Individually, Purdue's Aurora Kan and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow were crowned co-champions after each notching a 211 (-5).
Tennessee will have a short break before it returns to action, March 7-9, at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.
Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @LadyVol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Final)|
|2.||GRU Augusta||297-287-297--881 (+17)|
|T-6.||NC State||297-297-299--893 (+29)|
|9.||Iowa State||296-298-301--895 (+31)|
|11.||Texas Tech||307-295-306--908 (+44)|
|12.||Kent State||305-296-313--914 (+50)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)|
|T-1.||Stephanie Meadow, Alabama||75-68-68--211 (-5)|
|T-1.||Aurora Kan, Purdue||71-68-72--211 (-5)|
|3.||Gaby Lopez, Arkansas||73-68-73--214 (-2)|
|UT SCORES (Final)|
|T-13.||Chessey Thomas||73-74-72--219 (+3)|
|T-20.||Lucia Polo||74-70-78--222 (+6)|
|T-27.||Mason Chen||75-76-74--225 (+9)|
|*T-50.||Daeun Song||74-76-81--231 (+15)|
|T-59.||Hannah Pietila||78-80-75--233 (+17)|
|T-80.||Emmie Pietila||84-88-79--251 (+35)|