Putting LV's Achilles Heel at NCAAs
Erica Popson carded a 4-over 76 in the second round of the NCAA Championships Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Plagued by putting troubles, the 14th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team struggled during the second round of competition at the NCAA Championships Wednesday.

The Lady Vols finished the day 18-over in the competitive field at the national championship event held at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

The Big Orange has a two-day total of 300-307=607 (+41) at the tournament, siting in a tie for 21st place heading into the third round.

"We got off to a good start and played the front nine fairly well," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We had a very poor back nine and missed a lot of short putts. The good news is that we have 36 holes to make some kind of comeback in the next two days."

Alabama holds the team lead with a 5-under 571 tally while the Crimson Tide's Brooke Pancake sits atop the individual leaderboard through first two rounds.

Senior Nathalie Mansson leads UT at the event, tying for 64th with a two-day tally of 150. The Stockholm, Sweden, native recovered from a double bogey on No. 1 and used two birdies to pace the Lady Vols and finish Wednesday's second round at 76 (+4).

Junior Erica Popson also turned in a four-over 76 performance in round two. After making the turn at one under, Popson picked up three bogeys and a double bogey on her way in to finish four over par. She has a two-day score of 153 (+9).

Junior Sara Monberg also made the turn under par for Tennessee, sitting 1-under through 12 holes before bogeying four straight holes and picking up a double bogey on No. 17. The Juelsminde, Denmark, product has a 36-hole total of 152 (+8) - good for a tie for 75th.

Sophomore Chessey Thomas rounded out the scorers for Tennessee in the second round with a 6-over 78 in the Championship's second round. She holds a two-day mark of 76-78=154 and a share of 89th place.

Freshman AJ Newell added a second round 83 to her first round 75 for a 158 total through the first two rounds in her first NCAA Championships appearance.

Tennessee returns to the course Thursday for the third round at the NCAA Championships. The Lady Vols will tee off in a group with Ohio State and Stanford at 7:33 a.m. off No. 10.

Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com.





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