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LADY VOL GOLFERS STRUGGLE IN FIRST DAY AT MERCEDES-BENZ
Golda Johansson sits just two strokes off the lead.

Golda Johansson sits just two strokes off the lead.

Oct. 18, 2002

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Complete Results from Live Scoring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

No. 6 University of Tennessee Lady Vol golf squad opened up the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships at Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club with a first-day 319 total that left them in 11th-place after one round of competition. The Swedish Junior National team leads the team event with a 300, while North Carolina's Ashley Prange is in the individual lead after shooting an even-par 72.

"Golda played hard the whole day and I'm very proud of her effort." Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "It's good to know that we can rely on her for a good score, even when she's not playing her best."

Individually, Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) paced the UT links effort with a 2-over 74, which broke her previous career-high of 75 set three times this season and moved her into a fifth-place tie. Team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) fired a 6-over 78 to finish tied for 27th. Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) and Ryan Kirk (Hixson, Tenn.) rounded out the Lady Vol showing with rounds of 83 and 84 to place tied for 57th and 67th, respectively. Junior Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) shot a 4-over 76 but was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

"I'm disappointed that I didn't play even better than I did." Johansson said. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament because I'm hitting the ball well."

 

 

The Lady Vol golf squad continues the Mercedes-Benz Women's Championships Saturday at 10:20 a.m. UT then closes out its home tourney Sunday with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.

Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships
At Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club (Knoxville)

Team Scores:
1.Swedish Jr. Nationals300
2.Auburn303
3.Purdue304
Michigan State304
5.UNLV306
6.Northwestern308
7.Florida313
8.Kentucky314
North Carolina314
10.Furman317
11.TENNESSEE319
12.Penn State323
13.Alabama326
14.Louisiana State327
15.Michigan329
Individual Score:
1.Ashley Prange, North Carolina72
UT Scores:
T5.Golda Johansson74
T27.Jessica Shepley78
T57.Mary Jan Fernandez83
T67.Ryan Kirk84
DQTai PerryDQ
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