May 11, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - After totaling a 294 (+6) card in the final round, the Tennessee Lady Vol golf team finished ninth at the NCAA East Regional, missing the mark to advance by three strokes.
"Today was a really disappointing day," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We made a good run at the end of the round, but it was too little too late. We had too many mistakes early in the round to overcome."
The top eight teams advanced to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., May 21-24, along with the top two individuals not on an advancing team.
Senior Erica Popson and junior Chessey Thomas finished tied for eighth with North Carolina's Jackie Chang, but went to a sudden-death playoff for the No. 2 individual spot. Popson will head to her fourth and final NCAA Championships as she defeated Thomas and Chang head-to-head.
"Both Chessey and Erica played great this week and ended up in a playoff for the last individual spot," Pavon said. "Erica birdied the first hole to earn the spot. I'm pretty excited for her and I know she will represent Tennessee well next week in Georgia."
It was the final tournament of Sara Monberg's career as the senior finished tied for 66th with a 226 (+10) card.
"Sara's career at Tennessee came to a close today and it has been a pleasure to coach her and have her on our team," Pavon said. "I will miss her! Both she and Erica graduated this weekend, as well as on time in four years and both will be named Academic All-Americans later this summer."
Alabama claimed the team title shooting 20-under for an 844 total. Tulane (852) followed in second, and Arkansas (864) and Oklahoma State (864) tied for third. Texas (871) placed fifth, and Northwestern (874), UCLA (875) and Auburn (877) rounded out the top eight advancing teams.
The Crimson Tide's Stephanie Meadow earned medalist honors with a 13-under 203 total. Princeton's Kelly Shon finished second at 7-under 209 and Tulane's Madison Opfer placed third with a 210 (-6) card.
|FINAL TEAM STANDINGS|
|T3.||Oklahoma State||290-287-287=864 (E)|
|10.||North Carolina||290-292-305=887 (+23)|
|13.||East Carolina||301-303-301=905 (+41)|
|T15.||Notre Dame||292-304-312=908 (+44)|
|17.||East Tennessee State||297-302-310=909 (+45)|
|T19.||Penn State||310-301-300=911 (+47)|
|21.||Texas State||301-307-306=914 (+50)|
|22.||James Madison||316-305-310=931 (+67)|
|23.||Eastern Kentucky||321-332-322=975 (+111)|
|24.||Alabama State||335-332-327=994 (+130)|
|FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERS|
|1.||Stephanie Meadow, Alabama||68-66-69=203 (-13)|
|2.||Kelly Shon, Princeton||71-68-70=209 (-7)|
|3.||Madison Opfer, Tulane||70-69-71=210 (-6)|
|T4.||Emma Talley, Alabama||67-71-73=211 (-5)|
|T4.||Jennifer Kirby, Alabama||72-66-73=211 (-5)|
|T4.||Emily Penttila, Tulane||68-74-69=211 (-5)|
|FINAL UT SCORES|
|T8.*||Erica Popson||67-75-71=213 (-3)|
|T8.||Chessey Thomas||77-66-70=213 (-3)|
|T66.||Sara Monberg||77-74-75=226 (+10)|
|T73.||AJ Newell||73-77-78=228 (+12)|
|T96.||Daeun Song||77-78-79=234 (+18)|