Sept. 13, 2004
The Lady Vol golf squad played a solid second round Monday at the Cougar Classic, surging to a two-stroke lead over round-one leader LSU. Preseason All-American and 2004 first team all-SEC honoree Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico), continues to lead the way for the Big Orange, shooting her second-consecutive round under par (70-69=169) and sits atop the leaderboard with a two-shot edge.
The team total of 581 was the second-lowest score in UT history. In addition, the first-round total of 289 tied the program mark for best opening score.
"I'm very proud of how we played today," Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "We played really well, especially with playing the last 12 holes today in the rain."
Retamoza continues to attack the record books as well. Her two-round total of 139 is the second-best in Lady Vol history, with her second-round score of 69 equaling her career-low in that round.
"I'm really proud of Violeta," Pavon said. "She really wanted to play well and has gone out and done great.
Providing solid play to support Retamoza was senior captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario), who sits in a tie for eighth place after firing a 74 on the second round.
Junior Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) was also instrumental in helping the Lady Vols overcome the first round one-shot deficit. She proved her morning round of 76 to be an aberration, shooting the best second round of her career with a one-under par 71.
Freshman Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.), and sophomore Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Vols. Turner, playing 36 holes in a day for the first time in her career, shot a second-round 78 and sits in a tie for 31st place. Cantwell also turned in a 78 and is tied for 40th place.
The Big Orange will tee off the final round of the tournament Tuesday morning.