April 2, 2005

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GREENSBORO, N.C.- The No. 10 Lady Volunteer golf team surged into second place at the Bryan National Collegiate on Saturday, passing Southeastern Conference rivals No. 15 Florida and No. 4 Georgia. UT trails the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils by a mere seven strokes entering the final round while Violeta Retamoza sits atop the leaderboard at three-under-par 141. Driving rainstorms on the day limited three players to breaking par, with Retamoza and Golda Johansson making up two-thirds of the contingent.

"The weather was really bad today, so for the team to shoot five over was really solid and a good day for us," Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "Violeta and Golda, being under par was phenomenal and Marci and Jessica came in with really solid scores. We are really excited to play with Duke in the final pairing. It's a good chance to get a look at them."

Retamoza fired a one-under-par 71 to ascend to the top of the tournament. The Aguascalientes, Mexico, native, has a one-shot lead over Georgia's Natalia Nicholls and Duke's Jennifer Pandolfi.

Johansson (Lund, Sweden) continued her stellar play of late, matching Retamoza's score of 71 on the day to vault up into a tie for seventh place. Her two-round score of 145 is the lowest on the season at the conclusion of 36 holes. Freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) shot a solid 75 to put her two-day total at 148 and move up into a tie for 15th place while Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) matched her round-one score of 76. The senior is deadlocked at 28th with a 152. Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) is two shots in back of Shepley after an 80 on day two raised her tournament score to 154.

Tennessee's round-two tally of 293 put the Orange and White's team total at 584. No. 1 Duke continues to lead the event at 577 while No. 4 Georgia (589) and No. 15 Florida (595) are third and fourth, respectively. Fourteenth-ranked Tulane (596) sits alone in fifth with No. 3 Auburn (601), No. 21 Furman (602), N.C. State (611), Virginia (615) and No. 6 Oklahoma State (615) rounding out the top 10.

The final round of the event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.





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