March 2, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Senior Diana Cantú secured her third top-10 individual finish of the season to lead the 14th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team to a third-place performance at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on Tuesday.
The Lady Vols finished with a 54-hole total score of 299-298-304=901 (+25) at the 6,265-yard, par-73 Kinderlou Forest Golf Club course.
Tulane captured the tournament title with an 889 total (+13). Ohio State took second with 896 (+20).
Cantú followed her opening round even-par 73 with back-to-back 1-over 74s to finish sixth with a 221 (+2) total. The Monterrey, Mexico, native also finished among the top-10 placers at the Mercedes Benz Championships (t8th) and the Alamo Invitational ((t4th) in the fall.
Ever consistent, Cantú carded just five total bogeys during the two-day tournament.
"Diana had an awesome tournament and the other players all had stretches of good golf," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "We couldn't finish off our rounds, so that was disappointing. We will get back to work and see if we can keep getting better."
Aside from Cantú, the Lady Vols struggled down the stretch in Valdosta, Ga.
Sophomore Nathalie Mansson ended her day with consecutive bogeys to finish the third round at 1-over (74). Still, the Stockholm, Sweden, native tallied her fourth top-10 finish of the season off the strength of her 2-under 71 score for the second round. She finished with a 78-71-74=223 (+4) total to tie for 10th.
Monberg capped the tournament with a second straight 6-over 79 after opening the tournament with an even-par 73 to finish with a 231 (+12) total and tied for 37th.
Spurlock also fired a final-round 79. She tallied scores of 75 and 78 for the first two rounds, respectively, and totaled 232 (+13) to tie for 42nd.
Brown's resilience after an opening-round 86 was impressive as the Austin, Texas, native shook off the slow start to end the tournament with respectable rounds of 75 and 77. She finished tied for 61st at 238 (+19).
The third-place distinction gives the Big Orange three top-three finishes in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Additionally, Mansson's second round 71 was her 18th career below-par round, tying her with Tina Schneeberger for the seventh most all-time in Lady Vol history.
Tulane's Janine Fellows helped the Green Wave sweep titles, by firing a three-day total of 217 (-2) to grab medalist honors over Vanderbilt's Marina Alex and Georgia's Marta Silva by two strokes.
The Lady Vols take 10 days off between competitions and return to action on March 12-14 at the Tiger/Wave Classic in New Orleans, La.
|LADY VOL SCORES|
|6.||Diana Cantú||73-74-74=221 (+2)|
|t10.||Nathalie Mansson||78-71-74=223 (+4)|
|t37.||Sara Monberg||73-79-79=231 (+12)|
|t42.||Lauren Spurlock||75-78-79=232 (+13)|
|t60.||Ginny Brown||86-75-77=238 (+19)|