April 16, 2005
TUNICA, Miss.- University of Tennessee senior golfer Jessica Shepley is tied for first place after day two of the Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Championships concluded on Saturday afternoon in Tunica, Miss. Shepley fired a 74 to give her a two-day total of 145, which ties as the eighth lowest in program history after two rounds of the league event. She is tied with first-round leader Nicole Hage of Auburn. The Big Orange is deadlocked for third with Georgia with a team score of 603. Auburn continues to lead the tournament at a 593 clipping with LSU (596) close behind.
"This is a position I've strived to put myself in for a long time and I did it at a good tournament," said Shepley. "I'm just going to go out tomorrow and try to hit fairways and greens again. I'm going to try to make a lot of pars and hopefully sneak a couple of birdies in there and see where that puts me."
For the second straight day the captain played extremely well, making par or better on 16 holes, including a birdie on the difficult par-five three. She is in position to become the second Lady Vol winner in event history, as Katharina Larsson claimed medalist honors in 1994.
Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) overcame a first-round 85 to fire a 74 on day two. She is tied for 39th place with a tally of 159. Her score during the second round matches a season best. She made the turn with a one-under par 35 on the strength of eight pars and one birdie before shooting a 39 to finish two-over for the day.
Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) also improved upon her opening-round score (79) with a 76. The junior is deadlocked at 23rd place with a marker of 155. She played a consistent round of golf, shooting 38 in both the front and back nine.
Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) enters the last day of the championships tied for 16th place with a score of 152 after an 80 during the second round, while freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) joins Bonner-Shanks in a tie for 39th following an 82 on Saturday.
The final round of the tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. CST on Sunday with UT teeing off in the first group along with Arkansas and Florida. Live results can be found at www.golfstat.com.
|T1.||Jessica Shepley, Tennessee||69-76=145|
|Nicole Hage, Auburn||71-74=145|
|3.||Whitney Myers, Florida||72-74=146|
|T4.||Kelly Froelich, Georgia||74-73=147|
|Stacey Lewis, Arkansas||72-75=147|
|Margaret Shirley, Auburn||73-74=147|
|Carina Sorensen, Alabama||72-75=147|