March 26, 2005
ATHENS, GA.- The No. 12 Lady Volunteer golf squad surged into a tie for fifth place after round two of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic concluded Saturday afternoon. Tennessee was led by junior Violeta Retamoza, who finished with the best round of the day at 68. Heading into Sunday's final round, the Lady Vols' score of 607 keeps them within striking distance of second-place Tulane (599), third-place LSU (600) and fourth-place Auburn (601).
The Aguascalientes, Mexico, native recovered from a first round 78, which placed her 39th, to surge into a tie for second. The ninth-ranked golfer in the nation matched her season-best second-round total. She enters the final round with a two-day score of 146.
Retamoza would not be alone in the Big Orange charge as Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) fired a season-low 74. The senior had finished round one with an 80 and was tied for 55th, but now finds herself deadlocked at 31st. UT's day-one leader, Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden), shot an 78 on Saturday, but still is in good position as the junior is tied for 25th with a 153.
Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) and Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) both carded rounds of 77 on the day. The freshman had a two-day total of 155 to sit tied for 42nd while Shepley's marker of 158 is good enough for a 57th-place tie.
Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) improved upon her first-round score of 89, shooting a 78. The sophomore, playing as in individual, is tied for 88th with a tournament total of 167.
The final round of the event will tee off on the par-72 University of Georgia Golf Course at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a shotgun start.