Strong Second Nine Vaults Lady Vols Into T2nd On Day One Of SECs

April 17, 2009

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Playing even-par golf for the second nine holes on Friday, the Tennessee women's golf team shot up the leaderboard and is tied for second after the first round of the SEC Women's Golf Championship at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club.

The Lady Vols started on the 10th hole and were 11-over at the turn before staying even on the front nine to finish with a day one total of 295 (+11) on the par-71, 6,156-yard course.

The Lady Vols will start at 9:20 a.m. in a group with Auburn and Arkansas from the first tee on Saturday. The Tigers carded a 289 (+5) and are in first-place, while the Razorbacks are tied with the Lady Vols in second at 295 (+11).

"It's great to be in second after the first day," Head coach Judi Pavon said. "Some shots were left out there, but overall we played well - especially Nathalie (Mansson), Diana (Cantú) and Ginny (Brown). We need to stay focused for tomorrow.

"We've been working on finishing our rounds, lately. At our last few practices and our last few rounds, we let those last four or five holes get away - so we wanted to focus on that -- and almost all of the girls finished well today."

Freshman Nathalie Mansson had the best finish among the Lady Vols, making four birdies on the front nine. She rebounded from a 4-over 40 on the back nine to fire a 4-under 31 on the front and finish in a tie for fourth-place at even-par 71 - one shot back of the leaders.

"Nathalie was pretty upset at the turn," Pavon said. "I gave her a pep talk and she just stayed in position. She's a great player. She gave herself opportunities over her last nine holes and made the most of them today."

Mansson hit her tee shot into the water on her second hole of the round, No. 11, but stayed focused and kept herself closer to the pin after the turn.



"It feels good to be in second," Mansson said. "We just need to keep it up. We still have one more place to move up to. I hit some good shots all day, but I missed some ups and downs and put the ball in the water on my first nine. I put the ball much closer to the flag over my last nine holes."

Juniors Diana Cantú and Ginny Brown both were even on the front nine and carded 3-over 74 totals. They are tied for 17th.

Senior Nicole Smith fired a 5-over 76 for the first round to place herself in a tie for 25th at her final SEC tournament, while sophomore Lauren Spurlock is tied for 31st with a 6-over 77.

Mississippi's Ashley Lance, Arkansas' Lucy Nunn and Auburn's Haley Wilson are tied for the individual lead after carding 1-under 70s on the first day of play. will be maintaining live scoring throughout second and third rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Lady Vol Placements
T4.Nathalie Mansson71 (E)
T17.Diana Cantú74 (+3)
T17.Ginny Brown74 (+3)
T25.Nicole Smith76 (+5)
T31.Lauren Spurlock77 (+6)
Team Scores
1.Auburn289 (+5)
T2.Tennessee295 (+11)
T2.Arkansas295 (+11)
4.South Carolina299 (+15)
T5.Georgia300 (+6)
T5. Alabama300 (+6)
T7.LSU301 (+17)
T7.Mississippi301 (+17)
9.Vanderbilt304 (+20)
10.Florida307 (+23)
11.Kentucky313 (+29)
12.Mississippi State318 (+34)


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