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Mansson Nabs Sixth Top-10 Performance as Lady Vols Finish 16th at Liz Murphey
Sara Monberg

Sara Monberg

March 28, 2010


Final Results Get Acrobat Reader

By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Nathalie Mansson's strong final round effort led the 11th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team to a 16th-place finish on Sunday at the University of Georgia-hosted Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.

Mansson torched the UGA Golf Course for five birdies en route to a 2-under 70 third-round score. It's the second straight tournament she has carded a spectacular final-round total, firing a 68 at the Tiger-Wave Classic on March 14.

Her final round propelled the Stockholm, Sweden, native to a tie for sixth-place - her sixth top-10 performance of the season. That mark is tied for fourth on the UT single-season list, while Mansson's final day score is her 10th round of par or under of 2009-10 - good for fifth on the single-season charts.

Mansson's three-day total was 76-79-70=225 (+9).

Tennessee put together by far its best round of the tournament on Sunday, totaling 301 (+13) to move up two spots on the leaderboard from the second round.

The Lady Vols final tally of 318-319-301=938 (+74) placed them ahead of No. 12 Florida by five strokes, as well as SEC rivals Ole Miss (+88) and Mississippi State (+126) at the ultra-competitive event that featured 12 Golfstat Top-25 teams in the 23-squad field.

Freshmen Sara Monberg and Erica Popson recorded their best rounds of the tournament, firing a 75 and 76, respectively.

Monberg had 16 pars in the final round and finished with an 81-82-75=238 (+22) to tie for 61st. Popson carded a pair of birdies on the last day and her score of 86-77-76=239 (+23) tied her for 69th.

Senior Ginny Brown wrapped up the tournament with an 80 and tied for 86th with an 81-81-80=242 (+26) total.

Brown's classmate, Diana Cantú, finished a stroke behind her teammate in t88th with an 80-82-81=243 (+27).

No. 4 Duke led the tournament wire-to-wire, eventually winning in dominating fashion with a score of 300-300-289=889 (+25) - 21 strokes ahead of second-place and No. 6 Alabama (+46).

Blue Devil Lindy Duncan also won the individual title handedly, totaling 70-72-71=213 (-3) to nab victory by eight strokes.

Tennessee will look to carry its momentum from a strong final round into next weekend, as the Big Orange will compete at Wake Forest's Bryan National Collegiate tournament from Friday to Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.

LADY VOL SCORES
t6. Nathalie Mansson 76-79-70=225 (+9)
t61. Sara Monberg 81-82-75=238 (+22)
t69. Erica Popson 86-77-76=239 (+23)
t86. Ginny Brown 81-81-80=242 (+26)
t88. Diana Cantú 80-82-81=243 (+27)
16. Tennessee 318-319-301=938 (+74)

 

 

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