May 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Tennessee Lady Vol golf team carded a 20-over-par 308 team score, good for ninth place, during round two of the 2012 NCAA Central Regional on Friday at the Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club.
The Lady Vols have a 306-308=614 (+38) 36-hole total heading into the tournament's final day and are on the outside looking in heading into round three as the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championship tournament.
"We are struggling out there," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We are making way too many errors. Our team isn't looking like they're hitting that bad of shots, but we are not taking advantage and we are compounding errors out there. It is not hopeless because they are not playing that badly, we are not just scoring at all."
Senior Nathalie Mansson led the Tennessee effort in the second round, putting up a four-over 76 score. The Stockholm, Sweden, product recorded only one birdie, but shot par on 13 holes to turn in the Lady Vols' strongest round.
Thomas sits in a tie for 15th place with a 74-77=151 tally as Newell sits one stroke behind with a 75-77=152 score, good for a tie for 21st.
Rounding out the Lady Vol performers were Erica Popson (67) Sara Monberg (83). The pair struggled on the front nine, but played stronger after the turn. Popson is tied for 67th, while Monberg is in a deadlock at 73rd.
No. 3 Southern Cal sits atop the leader board at 12-over 588 with No. 10 Vanderbilt (600) and No. 27 Virginia (604) in second and third, respectively.
USC's Lisa McCloskey fired a 4-under 68 to take a three-shot lead in the individual medalist race with a 141 (-3) two-day score.
UT will tee off from No. 1 at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday in a group with North Carolina State and The Ohio State University.
"We have got to have everyone be more competitive tomorrow." Pavon added. "We are letting too many shots slip away. We have to have someone shoot even par for us tomorrow. Our goal is to break 300 which I know will do the trick out there, but we have to have all five of them in the game."
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