March 27, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 12 Lady Volunteer golf squad moved up into a tie for fourth place as the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic concluded on Sunday. Violeta Retamoza's second-place showing propelled the Big Orange to their sixth top-five finish in seven events on the season. Additionally, Head Coach Judi Pavon passed Lori Brock's total of 533 head-to-head victories, to become the all-time winningest coach in Tennessee history.

The Aguascalientes, Mexico, native fired a 74 on the final day to secure second place. She finished with a tally of 220, two shots in back of Georgia's Kelly Froelich who won the event while leading UGA to the team victory as well. Joining Retamoza in the top ten was Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden). The junior shot a one-below par 71 on the final day to vault into a tie for 10th place, her best finish on the year. Her tournament total of 224 ties as the fifth-lowest score of her career.

Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) and Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished deadlocked at 41st with identical totals of 233 for the event. Turner turned in a 78 on Sunday while the senior ended the round at 79. Captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) had a score of 80, which brought her total to 238. The senior finished in a tie for 63rd.

The other UT entrant in the event, Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.), claimed 78th with a final marker of 245. Playing as an individual, she carded a 78 on the final round.



The Lady Vols will have little time to rest on their laurels, however, as they compete in the Bryan National Collegiate from April 1-3 in Greensboro, N.C. It is the final event prior to the Southeastern Conference Championships, which are set to take place from April 15-17 in Tunica, Miss.

Tennessee Scores
Tennessee, U. of 311-296-302=909
2 Violeta Retamoza 78-68-74=220
T 10 Golda Johansson 75-78-71=224
T 41 Marci Turner 78-77-78=233
T 41 Sarah Bonner-Shanks 80-74-79=233
T 63 Jessica Shepley 81-77-80=238


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