May 6, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M.- The ninth-ranked Lady Volunteer golf team is in second place heading into the final round of competition of the NCAA West Regional. Tennessee is on track to finish in the top eight of the 21-team field and qualify for its second straight NCAA Championships, which would be a program first. The Lady Vols' total of 601 is the lowest ever in the school's 12-year history at the conclusion of two rounds at Regional play. Junior Violeta Retamoza leads the way for the Orange and White with a score of 146, which matches the second best score in school history after two rounds of the Regionals. She is tied for fourth place.
"We are happy to be in the position to play with the leaders on the final day," said Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon. "We had a few problems from 10 through 12, but the team played really well from 13 on to hold on. We wanted to be in a position to win this tournament and we still are. We just need to go out and play well."
Tennessee trails No. 16 Southern California by six strokes while No. 5 Georgia is in third with a score of 602. Defending national champion UCLA, No. 25 California and Brigham Young all have two-day totals of 603 while No. 7 Oklahoma State (605) and Oregon (605) are deadlocked for seventh.
On a day in which strong winds would make conditions extremely difficult, Retamoza turned in a solid two-above-par round of 74. She got off to a quick start with three birdies in the first six holes and made the turn at one-under-par, tied for the lead. On the back nine with the winds picking up, she ran into trouble on the 12th with a double-bogey, but immediately recovered one stroke by sinking a birdie putt on the 13th. Another double-bogey plagued the Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year on the 16th, but again she had an answer, as she birdied the 18th.
Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a challenging start for the second straight day as the senior was three-over par after just three holes. Similar to the first round though, she kept her composure and used a birdie on the fourth to combat a bogey on the sixth. Pars on the final three holes allowed the senior to head to the back nine at three-over. Her score would rise to six-above par on the day after a double-bogey on the 12th, but again Bonner-Shanks remained calm. Over the final six holes she played one-below-par golf to finish the day with a score of 77. Her tournament total of 153 places her tied for 39th.
Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) also proved her mental toughness on Friday. After making the turn at two-over par, the junior ran into problems in the first five holes of the back nine with three bogeys and two double-bogeys. She buckled down though over last four holes, playing them at a combined one-under par. A birdie on the 15th was followed up by three straight pars to wrap up the day. The tournament tally of 156 places Johansson in a tie for 63rd.
Freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) overcame a difficult front nine in which she played at seven-above-par to finish with a score of 80 on the day. On the final nine holes, the 2003 Miss Kentucky Golf made par or better on seven holes to help keep UT in second place. She is tied for 24th with a two-day score of 151.
Captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) also stepped up big for the Lady Vols in crunch time as she made six pars in the final seven holes. The senior had made the turn at five-over par before increasing to seven above following the 11th hole. She would settle in, however, and conclude the day with a tally of 80. Shepley is in a stalemate for 32nd with a two-round score of 152. That total is one stroke off her career low after two rounds of play at the Regionals.
UT takes to the par-72 course, which measures 6,319 yards, on Saturday at 7:40 a.m. for the final round of the tournament. Complete results can be found at www.golfstat.com
|1.||Sophia Sheridan, Cal||69-73=142|
|2.||Dewi Schreefel, Southern Cal||73-71=144|
|3.||Kay Hoey, Long Beach State||74-71=145|
|T4.||Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee||72-74=146|
|Johnna Nealy, Oregon||73-73=146|