Nathalie Mansson carded UT's lone round under par Monday.
March 27, 2012
MAUI, Hawai'i - Following a two-week hiatus, the No. 19-ranked Lady Vol golf team returned to action on Monday at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic at The Bay Course, where it is tied for third after the first two rounds of play.
The two-day event, hosted by the University of Hawai'I, featured 36 holes on Monday and will be followed by 18 holes on Tuesday.
Up against a tough field that features five teams ranked in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll Top 25, the Orange and White shot a 299 (+11) in the opening round, and followed up with a 293 (+5) in the second 18 to finish with a day-one total of 592 (+16) - just four strokes back of leader Colorado.
Tennessee will tee off round two in a group with Colorado and California 8 a.m. HST (2 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.
Live results can be found at golfstat.com.
Leading the way for the Lady Vols was freshman AJ Newell. The Tampa, Fla., native used two birdies to fire an even par in the first round. Newell followed up her first 18 with a solid second round, recording another two birdies en route to a 1-over 73 card. She sits in a tie for third place with a score of 135 (+1).
Junior Sara Monberg turned in the next best finish for the Big Orange, firing a 3-over 75 in the day's first round and a 2-over 74 in the second 18. The Julesminde, Denmark, native is in a deadlock at 14th entering the Classic's final round.
Coming off a win at the LSU Tiger Classic, Popson fired a pair of 3-over 75s Monday and is tied for 16th. Rohrback also turned in matching rounds, carding 5-over 77s for both rounds of 18 in the Classic's first day.
Each Tennessee golfer turned in a second round score within one stroke of her first 18 with the exception of Manssson. The Stockholm, Sweden, native carded a 7-over 79 in the first round - the team's highest score - but turned around to record Tennessee's best second round. She rode a four-birdie showing to shoot a one-under 71 in Monday's second 18 holes.
Sophomore Chessey Thomas is playing as an individual at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic. The Spokane, Wash., native finished the first two rounds tied for 14th with rounds of 74 (+2) and 75 (+3).
California's Daniela Holmqvist sits atop the player leaderboard after a round one score of 4-under 68 and a second-round tally of 2-under 70.