April 1, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 10 Lady Volunteer golf team opened play at the Bryan National Collegiate will a solid round of 291. UT sits in fourth place out of a very deep 17-team field, including nine teams ranked in Golfweek's top 25. It is Tennessee's best opening round in the history of the event, as its previous low was 298 in 2003. Individually, Violeta Retamoza fired a two-under-par 70 to lead the Orange and White.
"We've had a tough time all year getting off to a good start, so it feels good to be in contention at the end of the day," said Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon. "I'm pretty pleased with how the team played and am really proud of Violeta and the rest of our student-athletes."
Retamoza's (Aguascalientes, Mexico) effort placed her in a tie for fifth place at the conclusion of 18 holes. Her total is three strokes lower than her first-round average (73.71) entering the event. Freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) continued her fantastic campaign by carding a first-round score of 73 to sit deadlocked at 16th.
Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) is settling in nicely as a member of the Lady Vol top five as she turned in a marker of 74, matching a season-low, and is tied for 24th place. The senior had entered the tournament with an average of 79.33 during the initial round of an event. Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden), who is coming off a season-best 10th-place showing at the Liz Murphey Collegiate, equaled Bonner-Shanks' score of 74, which is also lower than her first-round average (76.86) entering the event.
Captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) concluded the day with a total of four-over- par 76 and is tied for 42nd.
Tennessee is just one shot in back of No. 15 Florida for third place while No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Duke lead the tournament at four-under-par 284. Tulane and Furman, ranked 14th and 21st, respectively, are tied for fifth at 293. N.C. State, No. 3 Auburn, ninth-ranked Wake Forest and Virginia round out the top 10.
The second day of the event is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.