May 20, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Junior Ginny Brown continued her solid play on day two of the 2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, carding a 3-over 75 to remain in the top-10 of the 126-person field to lead the Tennessee women's golf team on Wednesday at Caves Valley Golf Club.
The Lady Vols dropped to 17th place after carding a 313 (+25) for the second round on the par-72, 6,443-yard course. UT's total score is 620 (+44). The Lady Vols were tied for 12th after round one.
"We had a tough day and are making some mistakes that have been uncharacteristic of this team in the last few weeks," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "I think the players are playing a little tentative, and we can't be successful that way. We worked on some things and tomorrow should be better."
Brown was four-over through eight holes, but made a birdie on No. 9 and finished her day with nine consecutive pars on the back nine. She fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday and her total score of 145 (+3) ties her for ninth-place with 36 holes remaining. Tennessee's top individual finish ever at the national championships is fifth-place - done by Young-A Yang (2001) and Jessica Shepley (2004).
Freshman Nathalie Mansson rebounded from a rough first round to shoot four shots better on day two with a 5-over 77. Her total score of 159 (+14) places her in a tie for 88th. She made her first birdie of the tournament on No. 13, sinking a 12-footer on the par-4.
Senior Nicole Smith had the Lady Vols only other birdie, on the par-3, 12th hole. She finished with an 8-over 80 and her 36-hole total of 156 (+12) ties her for 79th.
Junior Diana Cantú totaled an 81 and is in 95th with a two-day total of 159 (+14), while sophomore Lauren Spurlock improved by one stroke from day one and carded an 83 (+11). Her total score of 167 (+23) places her in a tie for 120th.
"Ginny is playing really well and has stuck to her game," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "Nathalie played better today, but we will need her best the next two days. I'm also looking for Nicole to play well to finish her college career."
Probably the toughest course UT has played on all season; Caves Valley is long, hilly and features dramatically sloping greens as well as numerous bunkers and water hazards. On Wednesday the average round was 77.11.
UCLA's Maria Jose Uribe has been the only player to truly tame the course in two rounds as she fired a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to take the individual lead by two shots (3-under 141) and help give the Bruins a seven-shot lead in the team race as they have a 36-hole total of 589 (+13). USC (596) is second and Denver (598) is third, while Arizona State (600), Oklahoma State (600) and North Carolina (600) are tied for fourth.
Results from each day will be posted live at www.utladyvols.com. Additionally, holes 16, 17 and 18 will be webcast live on Thursday and Friday on the women's golf page at ncaa.com.
|Lady Vol Placements|
|T9.||Ginny Brown||72-75=147 (+3)|
|T79.||Nicole Smith||76-80=156 (+12)|
|T88.||Nathalie Mansson||81-77=158 (+14)|
|T95.||Diana Cantú||78-81=159 (+15)|
|T120.||Lauren Spurlock||84-83=167 (+23)|