April 18, 2004

BATON ROUGE, La. - At the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships at the University Club of LSU in Baton Rouge, La., sophomore Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) suffered a heartbreak on the first playoff hole as she lost to Vanderbilt's May Wood after staging a valiant two-shot comeback to tie Wood at the end of the final round. Overall, Retamoza fired a three-under 213 (69-73-71), the third-lowest round shot in an SEC tournament by a Lady Vol.

The Commodores captured the first title-sweep, since South Carolina accomplished the double in 2002, by firing an 877 (295-291-291) to out-duel defending champion Auburn and hosting LSU's pair of 881 tallies. The Big Orange wound up in fourth with an 882 (296-292-294).

As for the rest of head coach Judi Pavon's charges, junior Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) tied for fourth place with a 218 (73-70-75), while sophomore Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) posted a 222 (77-74-71) to tie for 14th place. Freshman Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) tied for 45th place with a 233 (81-75-77), while junior Teesha Ash (Chattanooga, Tenn.) rounded out UT's performance with a 49th-place-tying 234 (77-79-78).

Next up, the Lady Vols await the decision of the selection committee to determine at which NCAA Regional Tennessee will compete. The hosts of this year's regional championships are Illinois State (Normal, Ill.), Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.) and Stetson University (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.).



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

Team Scores: 1. Vanderbilt 295-291-291=877 2. Auburn 292-295-294=881 Louisiana State 299-293-289=881 4. TENNESSEE 296-292-294=882 5. Florida 302-290-293=885 6. Georgia 298-297-295=890 7. South Carolina 303-300-296=899 8. Mississippi 315-295-295=905 9. Arkansas 297-308-304=909 10. Alabama 306-300-307=913 11. Mississippi State 306-309-308=923 12. Kentucky 315-309-305=929

Top Scorer (field=60): 1. May Wood, Vanderbilt 73-67-73=213* Violeta Retamoza 69-73-71=213 * - won in a playoff

UT Scores: 1. Violeta Retamoza 69-73-71=213 t4. Jessica Shepley 73-70-75=218 t14. Golda Johansson 77-74-71=222 t45. Holly Cantwell 81-75-77=233 t49. Teesha Ash 77-79-78=234



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