April 17, 2004

BATON ROUGE, La. - Head Coach Judi Pavon's golf squad covered some ground in the second day of the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships at the University Club of LSU in Baton Rouge, La., as the team fired a four-over 292 for a third-place 588 (296-292) to close to within two shots of new tournament leader Vanderbilt's 586 (295-291). Defending champion Auburn slipped to second place with a 587 (292-295) to set up a dogfight for the title in the final pairing tomorrow.

"I am really pleased with my team today," Pavon said. "We finished well and made up some ground. I am proud of them."

Vandy's May Wood put together an incredible five-under 67 to overtake Tennessee sophomore Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) with a four-under 140 (73-67). Retamoza is in the runner-up spot after a second-place two-under 142 (69-73) and is within two shots of the lead. "I played O.K. today," Retamoza said. "I did not make my putts that I should have and was not as confident, but I am in a good position for tomorrow." Additionally, junior Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is within three shots herself with a third-place 143 (73-70) to leave two Lady Vols with legitimate shots at the SEC crown.

"I played really consistent this round," Shepley said. "I had 16 pars and two birdies. I made some good saves and kept the ball in play." As for the rest of the Big Orange, sophomore Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) carded a solid 30th-place-tying 151 (77-74), while junior Teesha Ash (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and freshman Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) are tied for 46th place with a pair of 156 rounds.



"We wanted to be here on the final day," Retamoza said. "We are in a good position right now and need to play well tomorrow. It is going to be a hard day."

Next up, the Lady Vols conclude the tournament on Sunday with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. CT

SEC Championships
At University Club of LSU (Baton Rouge, La.)

Team Scores: 1. Vanderbilt 295-291=586 2. Auburn 292-295=587 3. TENNESSEE 296-292=588 4. Florida 302-290=592 Louisiana State 299-293=592 6. Georgia 298-297=595 7. South Carolina 303-300=603 8. Arkansas 297-308=605 9. Alabama 306-300=606 10. Mississippi 315-295=610 11. Miss. St. 306-309=615 12. Kentucky 315-309=624

Top Scorer (field=60): 1. May Wood, Vanderbilt 73-67=140

UT Scores: 2. Violeta Retamoza 69-73=142 3. Jessica Shepley 73-70=143 t30. Golda Johansson 77-74=151 t46. Teesha Ash 77-79=156 t46. Holly Cantwell 81-75=156



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