Sept. 28, 2008
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Junior Ginny Brown carded her career-best round and finished with her lowest three-day tournament total ever as the Tennessee women's golf team placed 16th at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship on Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course.
Starting from the tenth tee, Brown recorded four birdies and no bogeys in her first nine holes and was 4-under at the turn. She closed with four bogeys on the front nine, but her even-par round of 72 set a new career-best by two strokes. Her three-day total of 229 set a new career mark by five strokes.
"Ginny played really well the last two days," UT head women's golf coach Judi Pavon said. "She really kept her composure today to turn in a good score."
The Lady Vols closed out the Mason Rudolph with a 305 (+17) score and finished with a 307-299-305=911 (+47) total on the par-72, 6,262-yard course, finishing three strokes ahead of Central Florida in the field that included 13 teams ranked in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll Top 25. UT's score was a three-stroke improvement from its season debut at the Cougar Classic.
"We were in over our heads with the field this week," Pavon said. "But our girls worked hard out there and gave a good effort. We definitely need to do a lot of work to get better and will be working very hard to improve."
Third-ranked UCLA won by six strokes over No. 1 USC. The Bruins carded a three-day total of 287-277-286=850 (-14) to break their own tournament scoring record set in 2007 by one stroke and defend their Mason Rudolph title. UCLA's second round score of 277 also set a tournament record for 18-hole team score.
Powered by her 5-under final round, Sydnee Michaels gave UCLA a sweep of the titles. Michaels' total of 68-70-67=205 (-11) gave her a four-stroke victory over Auburn's Candace Schepperle.
Brown had the top final round score for the Lady Vols and was followed by junior Diana Cantú (76), freshman Nathalie Mansson (77) and sophomore Lauren Spurlock (80). UT's fifth player, redshirt freshman Emily Sills closed out the tournament with an 85, while sophomore Rebecca Watson, playing as an individual, carded an 83.
A day after firing a one-under-par second round, Cantú was unable to regain her birdie touch and finished with a two bogeys and a double-bogey. She was the Lady Vols' top performer for the tournament, though, and tied for 23rd with a three day total of 74-71-76=221 (+5).
Mansson was done in by five bogeys and a double-bogey on Sunday in recording her worst round of the season. Her three-day total of 74-76-77=227 (+11) tied her for 50th in the tournament.
Brown was able to rebound from a disappointing first round (81) to fire a 76 on Saturday before her career-best round on Sunday. Brown's three-day total of 81-76-72=229 (+13) tied her for 56th. Before Sunday, Brown's best round came on the final day of the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championships when she fired a 74 and her top 54-hole score was a 234 at the 2007 Cougar Classic.
Spurlock recorded her first birdie of the tournament on Sunday, but also had five bogeys and two double-bogeys in carding an 80. Spurlock's three-day total of 78-76-80=234 (+18) put her in a tie for 74th.
The Lady Vols will take next weekend off before hosting the 12th annual Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships on Oct. 10-12 at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville.
|Lady Vol Placements|
|T23.||Diana Cantú||74-71-76=221 (+5)|
|T50.||Nathalie Mansson||74-76-77=227 (+11)|
|T56.||Ginny Brown||81-76-72=229 (+13)|
|T74.||Lauren Spurlock||78-76-80=234 (+18)|
|90.||Emily Sills||83-91-85=259 (+43)|
|(Ind.)||Rebecca Watson||81-79-83=243 (+27)|
|Lady Vol Team Score|