Oct. 20, 2003
Head Coach Judi Pavon's golf squad struggled during the second round of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships at Fox Den Country Club. The Lady Vols (300-31) fell into an 11th-place tie with South Carolina (304-307) as both clubs turned in two-round totals of 611.
"Today was not a very good day for us," Pavon said. "We have had struggles with consistency this year. We did not get off to a good start and did not have a good finish. I know we have a strong team and I know we have good players, so I am not happy because we are capable of so much more. Tomorrow, we are capable of shooting even-par. Hopefully, we have a chance to make a jump."
Ohio State vaulted into the tournament lead by firing a 292 for a two-day total of 588 (296-292). The performance tied Auburn's third-round effort in the 2002 edition of the Mercedes-Benz for the seventh-best round in tourney history.
"We played really solid today and everybody stepped up," Ohio State Assistant Coach Marisa Mears said. "It is always great to be able to count on all five players. These are all returning players from last year, so they have been in the position of taking the lead before. Hopefully, they will be able to step it up tomorrow. This is a really good field and we have been off to somewhat of a slow start this fall. It would be awesome to get a win this season."
Individually, Buckeye Allison Hanna leads the 88-player field with a two-under 142 (73-69) after firing a second-round three-under 69.
"I chipped in for eagle on the first hole, but I dropped over par again pretty quickly," Hanna said. "I hung in there on the front side and was able to get five birdies on the back nine. I am just trying to take it one shot at a time and shoot the best score that I can."
As for Tennessee, team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) finished in a 10th-place tie after firing a 147 (73-74). Sophomore Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) gutted out another solid performance with a 38th-place-tying 153 (75-78), while classmate Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) tied for 48th-place with a 155 (75-80). Rookie Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) rounded out UT scoring by tying for 63rd-place with a 157 (78-79). Junior Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) closed out the day for the Big Orange with a two-day 158 (77-81) to tie for 68th place.
Playing as an individual, junior Teesha Ash (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scorched the course to the tune of an even-par 72 en route to tying a personal-low 36-hole total of 147 (75-72). The effort matched her previous career-low performance over the initial two rounds of the 2001 USF/Beacon Woods Invitational while a member of Ole Miss.
"Yesterday, I had two bad holes and still shot a 75," Ash said. "Today, I just decided to go out and play. I did not have any bad holes and was able to shoot a 72. I had not been playing as well as I would have liked to, so I really just decided to change my game plan and play for myself. When you are playing as an individual, it changes your mindset because there is less pressure."
UT will conclude the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET and will be paired with Southeastern Conference rivals South Carolina and Louisiana State.
Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships
At Fox Den Country Club (Knoxville, Tenn.)
|Swedish Jr. National Team||291-314=605|
|Top Scorer (field=88):|
|1.||Allison Hanna, Ohio State||73-69=142|
|T68.||Mary Jan Fernandez||77-81=158|
|T10.||Teesha Ash *||75-72=147|
* - played as an individual