Lady Vols Hang Tough at Bryan National
Chen is tied for 10th place at one over par

March 28, 2014

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Tennessee women's golf team faces tough competition this weekend at the Bryan National Collegiate.

Playing against 13 nationally ranked programs, UT is tied for 12th place after a first round total of 303 (+15) at the Bryan Park Champions Course.

Junior Mason Chen led the way for the Lady Vols shooting a one over par 73 on the course putting her in a tie for 10th place after the first round of action. Fellow junior Daeun Song completed the round shooting a 76 (+4) on the day for a tie for 34th place.

Freshmen Lucia Polo and Hannah Pietila shot 77 (+5) for 55th place. Senior Chessey Thomas rounded out the pack with a six over par 78 scored for the round putting her in a tie for 64th place.

"I fought hard today," said Chen, "but I need to play smarter tomorrow. I need to improve my tee offs and lay up shots and get a lower score on day two."

The Lady Vols have had a history of success at the Bryan National Collegiate. Tennessee has thirteen appearances in the tournament (1998, 2001-Present). The Lady Vols had their best finish in 2012 when they tied for first with Duke.

Back in 2011, Erica Popson won the individual championship with a total score of 220 (+4). Popson was quoted as saying, "Somebody had to win, and I figured I might as well step up."

In addition, Tennessee Lady Vol great Young-A Yang holds the single round tournament record of 65.

Tennessee will begin its second round with a shotgun at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday morning.

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Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @LadyVol_Golf on Twitter.

TEAM SCORES (Through One Round)
1. Duke 292 (+4)
2. Michigan State 294 (+6)
3. Florida State 295 (+7)
4. Louisville 297 (+9)
T-5. Clemson 300 (+12)
T-5. Florida 300 (+12)
T-5. Penn State 300 (+12)
T-8. Virginia 302 (+14)
T-8. North Carolina 302 (+14)
T-8. South Carolina 302 (+14)
T-8. Ohio State 302 (+14)
T-12. Tennessee 303 (+15)
T-12. NC State 303 (+15)
T-14. Wake Forest 305 (+17)
T-14. UNCW 305 (+17)
16. Northwestern 306 (+18)
17. College of Charleston 316 (+28)
18. UNCG 325 (+37)
T-1. Laetitia Beck, Duke 70 (-2)
T-1. Kelly Grassel, Michigan State 70 (-2)
T-1. Portland Rosen, Virginia 70 (-2)
UT SCORES (Through One Round)
T-10. Mason Chen 73 (+1)
T-34. Daeun Song 76 (+4)
T-55. Lucia Polo 77 (+5)
T-55. Hannah Pietila 77 (+5)
T-64. Chessey Thomas 78 (+6)





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