April 3, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 10 Lady Volunteer golf squad announced to the collegiate golf community on Sunday that they are a team to be reckoned with, earning second place at the prestigious Bryan National Collegiate with a total of 893.
Golda Johansson and Violeta Retamoza led the Orange and White by claiming second place and a third-place tie, respectively. The 17 team field featured nine ranked squads, with Tennessee finishing ahead of Auburn (No. 3), Georgia (No. 4), Oklahoma State (No. 6), Wake Forest (No. 9), Tulane (No. 14), Florida (No. 15) and Furman (No. 21). Only top-ranked Duke would best UT, as they successfully defended their tournament crown for the fifth straight year.
Johansson concluded the event with a sparkling round of 73, which matched Duke's Brittany Lang for the low score of the day, to claim a career-best finish. The Lund, Sweden, native's three-day total of 218 was her lowest collegiate score. The junior's previous best marker was 219.
Retamoza deadlocked at third with a total of 219 as she turned in a final round of 78. The effort propelled the Aguascalientes, Mexico, native, to her fifth top-10 showing and eighth top-25 finish in eight tournaments on the year.
Senior Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) and freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) tied for 20th with totals of 229. They turned in scores of 77 and 81, respectively. Senior Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) carded an 85, raising her tournament tally to 239. She tied for 48th.
The second-place showing is the seventh top-five finish in eight events on the year for the Big Orange but none has been more impressive than Sunday's due to the extremely talented field, which included six of the top 10 squads in the nation. Additionally, UT asserted itself as a serious contender for the Southeastern Conference Championship in two weeks. They were the top finisher out of the six league schools at the event.
The conference championships will be held in Tunica, Miss., from April 15-17.