Sept. 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Chessey Thomas had extra incentive to play well at the Cherokee Country Club this weekend. The native of Spokane, Wash., would be playing in the final home golf tournament of her collegiate career. Thomas also had the pleasure of having her family fly cross-country from the Pacific Northwest to watch her compete.
On Sunday, Thomas did not disappoint. She closed out her final round with a runner-up finish in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Championship.
"It's bitter sweet," Thomas said. "I was hoping for more when the week started. But I wasn't hitting it well enough to win so I'm happy I was able to scrap it around today and finish up well for my last event at home."
The senior competed well, sinking a total of four birdies and only two bogeys en route to her second place finish. Despite the poor weather conditions that forced a rain out on Saturday, Thomas carded a two day total of 70-70--140 (-2).
"Chessey (Thomas) had a really good tournament," head coach Judi Pavon said. "I'm really proud of her being under par both days and ending with a second place finish. We also had some Top-25's including one of our individuals. Emmie (Pietila) played really well."
The Tennessee women's golf team saw contributions from a number of different ladies on the team. The Lady Vols had a total of four Top-25 finishers, including individual competitor Emmie Pietila and her sister Hannah.
The Pietila sisters especially played well on Friday. Hannah shot a 69 (-2) while sister Emmie carded a 72 (+1). The sisters are both competing in their first season for the Lady Vols since arriving from Brighton, Mich. Hannah is a true freshman and Emmie is a first year transfer from Eastern Michigan.
As a team, the Lady Vols finished the tournament in fourth place after carding rounds of 285-296--581 (+13). On Friday, the Lady Vols sank an impressive total of 19 birdies during their first 18 holes.
"The first day was a good solid start for us and it at least gave us a chance to be competitive in the tournament," Pavon said. "Today, we just had three scores of five-over par which just isn't going to compete at all out here."
As Pavon alluded, the Mercedes-Benz competition was fierce. The Arkansas Razorbacks swept the championships with a team score of 282-281--563 (-5) and senior Emily Tubert was crowned the individual champion. In addition, Arkansas had three women's golfers in the Mercedes-Benz individual Top-5.
The Lady Vols will be back in action at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas on October 13.
"Going forward, we just have to find the right mix and be a touch more competitive," Pavon said. "But all in all our girls represented Tennessee well, they behaved well and played well. So I'm really proud of them."
Volunteer fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @LadyVol_Golf on Twitter.
|TEAM SCORES (Final)|
|2.||South Carolina||279-292--571 (+3)|
|7.||Notre Dame||298-290--588 (+20)|
|T-9.||Mississippi State||293-300--593 (+25)|
|11.||College of Charleston||301-297--598 (+30)|
|13.||Penn State||292-309--601 (+33)|
|T-15.||Ole Miss||294-309--603 (+35)|
|T-15.||Rollins College||298-305--603 (+35)|
|INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Final)|
|1.||Emily Tubert, Arkansas||69-68--137 (-5)|
|T-2.||Silvia Garces, Tulane||71-69--140 (-2)|
|T-2.||Chessey Thomas, Tennessee||70-70--140 (-2)|
|T-2.||Gaby Lopez, Arkansas||72-68--140 (-2)|
|UT SCORES (Final)|
|T-2.||Chessey Thomas||70-70--140 (-2)|
|T-16.||Hannah Pietila||69-76--145 (+3)|
|T-19.||Lucia Polo||72-74--146 (+4)|
|*T-25.||Emmie Pietila||72-75--147 (+5)|
|*T-46.||Daeun Song||77-73--150 (+8)|
|T-46.||AJ Newell||74-76--150 (+8)|
|*T-62.||Teleri Hughes||76-77--153 (+11)|
|T-84.||Mason Chen||76-81--157 (+15)|