Oct. 9, 2004
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lady Vol golf team surged into a tie for fourth place after day two of the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships concluded Saturday afternoon. UT was led by preaseaon All-American Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) who vaulted into the lead at two-under par 140, in the chase for medalist honors. The Big Orange finished with the second-best round on the day with a team total of 290 and sit just one shot back of third-place Kent State.
Retamoza has a one shot lead over both Ohio State's Lindsay Knowlton and Tulane's Alison Walshe.
"I feel very happy right now," Retamoza said. "It was a great day today, it went the way I wanted. Yesterday I played ok, but today was a big day for me. I just
wanted to go out there and play the best I could. Tomorrow I just want to keep my game going, and we'll see what happens."
Defending tournament champion Ohio State registered the best round on the day with a three-over par 287 to move into first place. The Buckeyes hold a nine-shot lead over Tulane University heading into the final round of play. Leading the way for OSU are a pair of players in the top five. Knowlton sits in a tie for second place with a two-day score of 141, while sophomore Dana Je is alone in fifth place.
"I think we played pretty solid, they're (the team) managing themselves around the golf course a little bit better," Ohio State Head Coach Therese Hession said. "They've learned how to play the course and they're starting to realize the right place to put the ball in order to score well. Tulane is a really good team, and we will need to play a really good round of golf tomorrow to have a chance to win the tournament."
The Big Orange, which started the day in 12th place, was able to surge up to fourth on the strength of several solid rounds. Retamoza's round of 68 tied as her second-best career round and marked the best single round score by a Lady Vol in the history of the tournament. Captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) also turned in a solid round of golf. The senior fired an even-par 71 on the day and sits in a tie for 32nd place. Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) finished the day with a four-over par 75, while Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky) shot a 76 and senior Teesha Ash (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished with a score of 77.
"Today was a lot better," Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "There were a lot of good things out there today. We didn't finish quite as strong as I wanted to, but it was still a good day for us. Violeta is where she wants to be, and the good thing is that she's already be in this position once this season at the Cougar Classic. I know she is going to fight so hopefully her effort will be good enough to win."
Four UT individuals also played in the event for the second-straight day. Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) sits in a tie for 19th place overall with a two-day score of 149. Sarah Bonner-Shanks (Kingsport, Tenn), carded an 80, while Christie Reed (Coral Spring, Fla) turned in a day two total of 78. Jennifer Davis (Seymour, Tenn.) finished with a score of 83.
The final round of the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships will start Sunday at 8:30 a.m.