April 4, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- Sophomore Nathalie Mansson continues to impress in her second season in Orange and White. The Stockholm, Sweden, native nabbed her fourth-straight top-10 finish on Sunday, leading the No. 15/13-ranked Tennessee women's golf team to a tied for sixth finish at the Bryan National Collegiate.
Mansson's three-day total of 3-under 213 placed her second in the competition at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. That total ties her career-best score in relation to par, matching her 2009 Mercedes-Benz Championships performance.
Mansson followed her opening-round 69 and round-two 74 with a 2-under 70 on Sunday. She now has 12 rounds of par or under and seven top-10 finishes in 2009-10 - both marks rank as the fourth-best in the UT single-season record books.
She finished the tournament with 39 pairs and 10 birdies.
"Nathalie is a great player," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "She is so determined and tough. It's a pleasure to watch her compete."
The Lady Vols carded an 8-over 296 for the final round to finish with a 287-305-296=888 (+24) total and in the sixth position, tied with North Carolina.
Florida State held a one-stroke lead over tournament co-host Wake Forest heading into the final round and held off the Demon Deacons by that margin with a final score of 873 (+9).
No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 4 Duke tied for third with 886 (+22) totals.
Wake Forest sophomore Cheyenne Woods captured her first career individual victory, carding a 211 (-5) total.
Senior Diana Cantú collected her fifth top-20 placement of the season, tying for 20th with a 73-76-73=222 (+6) total. She had two birdies on Sunday and finished with nine total.
Senior Ginny Brown and freshman Sara Monberg both tied for 43rd. Brown finished with a 73-77-77=227 (+11) score, while Monberg carded 72-78-77=227 (+11). Both scores were the Lady Vols' best of the spring season.
The Bryan National Collegiate served as a great tune-up for postseason play with nine top-25 teams in the 18-team field.
"Today was a decent round for the team," Pavon said. "Yesterday's round is what really hurt us. Diana (Cantú) played really solid all week, too and gained some confidence heading into the SEC Championship. We are looking forward to a little break and getting some good practice in before the start of the postseason."
The Lady Vols return to action on April 16-18 at the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
|LADY VOL SCORES|
|2.||Nathalie Mansson||73 (+1)|
|t20.||Diana Cantú||73-76-73=222 (+6)|
|t43.||Ginny Brown||73-77-77=227 (+11)|
|t43.||Sara Monberg||72-78-77=227 (+11)|
|t75.||Erica Popson||81-79-76=236 (+20)|
|t75.||Lauren Spurlock *||79-81-76=236 (+20)|
|*Competing as individual.|