Pietila Heats Up at Rebel Intercollegiate
Mason Chen posing after her ace on No. 16.

April 4, 2014

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Oxford, Miss. - The Tennessee women's golf team is tied for eighth place after the first round of the Rebel Intercollegiate. Led by freshman Hannah Pietila, the Lady Vols shot a 296 (+8) that included 11 birdies and an eagle.

Much like the spring weather, Pietila's game has been heating up as of late. The Michigan native currently leads the field at the Rebel Intercollegiate with a first round 70 (-2). Pietila got an early spark when she sank an eagle on hole No. 2.

"I played pretty good today," Pietila said. "The course gives you opportunities for good scores plus the eagle I hit really helped, too. I'm just looking forward to 36-holes tomorrow."

Pietila has continued her stellar play from last week's Bryan National Collegiate where she led the Lady Volunteers with a 27th place finish.

Senior Chessey Thomas sank three birdies en route to a first round 73 (+1). She is tied for 15th place heading into Saturday's 36-hole day. Junior Daeun Song also recorded three birdies as she carded a 74 (+2) and tied for 31st.

Senior AJ Newell, junior Mason Chen and freshman Lucia Polo each carded a first round 79 (+7). All three ladies enter Saturday tied for 74th place.

Newell is returning to action for the first time since the Alamo Invitational in October. The Tampa native sat out four tournaments while recovering from a back injury.

Due to expected inclement weather on Sunday, the Rebel Intercollegiate will play the remaining 36 holes on Saturday. It will be an 8:15 a.m. (CT), shotgun start with groups of four.

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Ace For Mason

On Thursday, one competitor from each school competed in the Ole Miss College Amateur. Mason Chen represented Tennessee. On her first hole of the competition, Chen sank a hole-in-one on the No. 16 hole.

"Actually, my first reaction was that I was shocked," Chen said. "But it was awesome!"

The 172 yard, No. 16 hole was aced by a 6-iron. Chen said it was her second career hole-in-one.

Volunteer History at the Rebel

Back in 2011, Tennessee dominated the Rebel Intercollegiate, winning both the team and individual championships. UT carded a tournament record total of 863 (-1). The Lady Vols also set four tournament records that still stand today.

Battling illness, Nathalie Mansson won the 2011 Rebel Intercollegiate individual title with a total score of 213 (-3), including a tournament record second round of 67 (-5).

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

TEAM SCORES (Through One Round)
1. GRU Augusta 286 (-2)
T-2. Coastal Carolina 292 (+4)
T-2. ETSU 292 (+4)
4. Texas State 293 (+5)
T-5. Tulane 294 (+6)
T-5. Harvard 294 (+6)
T-5. Kennesaw State 294 (+6)
T-8. Furman 296 (+8)
T-8. Kentucky 296 (+8)
T-8. Tennessee 296 (+8)
T-11. Samford 301 (+13)
T-11. Ole Miss 301 (+13)
13. Notre Dame 303 (+15)
T-14. South Florida 305 (+17)
T-14. Southern Miss 305 (+17)
16. Murray State 313 (+25)
17. Memphis 317 (+29)
18. Colorado State 318 (+30)
T-1. Casey Kennedy, GRU Augusta 70 (-2)
T-1. Lejan Lewthwaite, Texas State 70 (-2)
T-1. Hannah Pietila, Tennessee 70 (-2)
T-1. Brandi Rodriguez, Southern Miss 70 (-2)
T-1. Dulcie Sverdloff, Kennesaw State 70 (-2)
UT SCORES (Through One Round)
T-1. Hannah Pietila 70 (-2)
T-15. Chessey Thomas 73 (+1)
T-31. Daeun Song 74 (+2)
T-74. Mason Chen 79 (+7)
T-74. Lucia Polo 79 (+7)
*T-74. AJ Newell 79 (+7)





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