May 20, 2005
SUNRIVER, Ore.-- The Lady Volunteer golf team fired a team total of 299 on Thursday and is tied for 10th place with two other squads heading into the final day of the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. It is the best round of the tournament for the Big Orange and raises UT's score to 902, just six shots in back of sixth-place Arkansas. On the day Jessica Shepley carded her second consecutive round of 74 to lead the Orange and White.
"The team is hitting the ball so well and doing their best, but we just aren't making any putts," said Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon. "We are due for a good round and hopefully we will do a little bit better tomorrow."
Shepley, an Oakville, Ontario, native started off strong, stringing together eight straight pars to open the round. Although the senior bogeyed the 18th, she made pars the next two holes. Consecutive bogeys on the third and fourth holes raised the second-team All-SEC member's score to three-above par. From that point on, however, she played even-par golf to wrap up the round. Shepley is tied for 70th with a total of 230, an improbable move up after being in a stalemate for 125th after the first day.
Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) started off with three consecutive pars before bogeys on two of the next three holes took her to two-over par. The freshman remained confident, responding with pars at the final three holes of the back nine. She played steady down the stretch, making five pars and one birdie to finish the round. Her three-day-total of 225 is the lowest ever by a UT freshman after three rounds of the NCAAs and places her in a tie for 37th.
Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) had a choppy start to her round with three bogeys in the first five holes. The junior did not rattle, however, responding with back-to-back birdies. Consecutive bogeys on the 18th and first brought her total to three-over, but she would play the final nine holes strong, with five pars and one birdie to wrap up the day with a marker of 75. The SEC Golfer of the Year's tournament score of 226 puts her deadlocked at 43rd with several players.
Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) was challenged early with two bogeys in the initial four holes, but then settled down. The junior used a pair of birdies to offset two additional bogeys and made the turn for the front nine at two-above par. Johansson carded seven pars to just two bogeys to finish up the round with a total of 75. It is the third straight day in which she has lowered her score, with her tournament total of 230 seven strokes better than her sum after three rounds of last year's NCAA Championships. She joins Shepley in a tie for 70th place.
Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn.) had an up and down start to her round, as she made a pair of birdies to counter a double bogey in the first three holes. The senior then mixed in four pars with one bogey to put her at three-over halfway through the round. Bonner-Shanks would run into trouble on the front nine and finished with a score of 79. She is deadlocked in 78th place with a three-day-score of 231.
No. 1 Duke surged to the top of the leaderboard with an impressive six-under-par effort to surpass second-round co-leaders Auburn and Pepperdine. The Tigers are in second place with a score of 881 while UCLA is third at 882. Pepperdine (885), California (890), Arkansas (896), Ohio State (897), Southern Cal (900), Arizona State (901), Tennessee (902), Florida (902) and Washington (902) round out the top 10.
UT hits the Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort at 12:20 p.m. PT on Friday for the final round of the tournament and will play with the Gators and Huskies.