April 20, 2003
The No. 10 University of Tennessee Lady Vol golf squad struggled through a windy final day of the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships in Lexington, Ky., to finish up in third place after leading throughout most of the tournament. Tennessee posted a 911 (291-301-319) to give up a four-shot lead coming out of the turn. Auburn captured the team title with a 903 (299-297-307), while Florida finished in second with a 905 (296-296-313). Florida's Aimee Cho overtook Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) for the individual medal with an even-par 216 (72-73-71).
"I am completely and utterly disappointed after today." Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "Our players have not learned that what might look like a bad round can turn into a good round. Bogeys can get the job done at times. We took too many double bogeys and made too many huge mistakes."
Individually, Retamoza fired a one-over 217 (70-70-77) to finish in second-place. The freshman almost overcame a quintuple bogey on the 13th hole, but was denied as Cho sunk a birdie putt on the final hole to secure a one-hole triumph. Junior Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) matched last season's finish at the SEC Championship with a career-best fifth-place tying 223 (71-75-77), while team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) saw her streak of nine-straight Top 15 finishes come to an end as she posted a 231 (71-78-82) to tie for 16th-place. Shepley fell short of former Lady Vol Abby Pearson's standard set in her initial 10 tournaments as a member of the Big Orange.
The Lady Vols now must wait to see where they will be headed for the NCAA Regionals over May 8-10.
At University Club of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
|Top Scorer (field=60):|
|1.||Aimee Cho, Florida||72-73-71=216|
|T5||Mary Jan Fernandez||71-75-77=223|