Sept. 11, 2006
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After a taxing first round which saw Tennessee shoot a 299 total, the Lady Vols came back with an impressive 288 in the second round of the Cougar Classic this afternoon to jump into fourth place.
"The team played with a lot of heart this afternoon," head coach Judi Pavon said. "Playing 36 holes in one day is both a physical and mental battle."
Junior Marci Turner followed her three-over 75 in the first round with an outstanding five-under-par 67 in round two. Turner, the defending individual champion, was tied for 34th before firing the best second round score of her career.
Also moving up in the ranks was sophomore Nicole Smith who shot up from tie for 49th to a tie with teammate Angela Oh in the 24th spot. Smith took six strokes off her first round 77 to match her second-round 71 from the same tournament in 2005, while Oh improved her game by two strokes, ending with a 73 in round two.
"Marci and Nicole both did a great job of staying positive," Pavon said. "We moved within striking distance of the leaders, so tomorrow will be an exciting day."
Tennessee is within eight shots of the leaders North Carolina and LSU and only five shots behind third-place Alabama.
In a four-way tie for 31st is senior Holly Cantwell. While Cantwell enjoyed a 72 in round one, the Morristown, Tenn., native had just one birdie in round two and carded a 77. Playing as an individual, freshman Diana Cantú totaled a 152 (74-78) at the end of day one, while her classmate Ginny Brown gathered a 162 on the day.
The third round of the Cougar Classic begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
|T42||Diana Cantu (I)||74-78=152|
|T8||North Carolina State||305-294=599|
|T8||College of Charleston||302-297=599|
|T1||Whitney Brummett, Florida State||70-70=140|
|T1||Lauren Hunt, North Carolina||69-71=140|
|T3||Marci Turner, Tennessee||75-67=142|
|T3||Melissa Eaton, LSU||73-69=142|
|T3||Alejandra Shaw, Campbell||71-71=142|
|T3||Sarah Sturm, Alabama||73-69=142|
|T3||Jenny Suh, Alabama||74-68=142|
LADY VOLS IN EIGHTH AFTER ROUND ONE AT THE COUGAR CLASSIC
Cantwell Leads the Team with an Even-72
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Tennessee totaled an 11-over 299 in the first round of the Cougar Classic this morning to put the squad in eighth place overall. The Lady Vols shot under 300 in the first round five times last year, and utilized the solid starts to take home three tournament championships in the process. Lone senior Holly Cantwell led her teammates after the first 18 holes in this year's event by currently rating in a tie for eighth with an even-par 72. The University of North Carolina leads the field with a two-under 286.
The first round was a rollercoaster for the 13th-ranked Lady Vols, as their team score moved them in and out of the top-10 numerous times, including a drop to 15th-place at one point, but the Big Orange steadied out to end round one in eighth.
Cantwell's 72 places her just three strokes behind current leader Lauren Hunt of North Carolina. The Morristown, Tenn., native carded five birdies today, including one on her starting hole, the par-5, No. 7. Freshman Diana Cantú, playing as an individual, is currently second on the Lady Vol roster and tied for 21st-place with a two-over-par 72. Freshman Angela Oh and junior Marci Turner each shot a opening round 75 and are sharing 34th. Sophomore Nicole Smith who tied for sixth at the 2005 Cougar Classic is sitting in a tie for 49th-place with a 77, while freshman Ginny Brown is tied for 74th with 80.
The Cougar Classic consists of another 18 holes to be played today while the final round of 18 will start on Tuesday at 9am.