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LADY VOL GOLF FALLS TO THIRD IN FINAL DAY OF THE 2003 SEC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Golda Johansson rebounded from yesterday to post an 83 today

Golda Johansson rebounded from yesterday to post an 83 today

April 20, 2003

LEXINGTON, Ky.

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.

Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) carded a 241 (76-80-85) for a 38th-place deadlock, while Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) registered a 255 (84-88-83) to tie for 54th-place.

 

 

The Lady Vols now must wait to see where they will be headed for the NCAA Regionals over May 8-10.

SEC Golf Championships
At University Club of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)

Team Scores:
1Auburn299-297-307=903
2Florida296-296-313=905
3TENNESSEE291-301-319=911
4South Carolina295-308-311=914
5Vanderbilt306-301-312=919
6Arkansas297-316-312=925
7Georgia299-311-327=937
8Kentucky309-311-324=944
9Mississippi State317-311-332=960
10Louisiana State324-326-325=975
11Mississippi319-322-341=982
12Alabama318-329-336=983
Top Scorer (field=60):
1.Aimee Cho, Florida72-73-71=216
UT Scores:
2Violeta Retamoza70-70-77=217
T5Mary Jan Fernandez71-75-77=223
T16Jessica Shepley71-78-82=231
T38Tai Perry79-78-84=241
T54Golda Johansson83-88-83=255
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