Oct. 21, 2003

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Head Coach Judi Pavon's golf squad concluded the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships at Fox Den Country Club in a 10th-place tie with Louisiana State University after registering a three-day 919 (300-311-308).

"Well, we are disappointed." Pavon said. "We can't get anything going right now. The team is working hard and they are doing their best. I believe in them 100 percent, but we just cannot get the ball in the hole for some reason. We will have someone play good and our good players won't play well."

Ohio State battled Oklahoma State to an exciting finish down the stretch and managed to pull out a one shot victory as the Buckeyes posted an event-record 884 (296-292-296) to capture the event title. The Cowgirls' effort was good enough for the second-best in event history as the squad put together an 885 (291-298-296) over the tourney.

"It was a good field and we knew we were going to have to play well to win," Ohio State Head Coach Therese Hession said. "I think we did a good job. There were some things, that if you asked my players, they think they could have done better. A win is a win and I am never going to complain about a win, especially with the field that they had here this week."

Individually, Buckeye Allison Hanna sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on hole 10 to out-duel Arkansas' Courtney Mahon for the individual title. Hanna carded a three-day 217 (73-69-75) to finish in a first-place tie with Mahon.

"I have been in so many playoffs over the summer and in my last tournament," Hanna said. "I am starting to get a little more comfortable and this time I tried to go out and see what I could do. I wanted to make a birdie instead of just count on a par."

As for Tennessee, team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) finished in 30th place with a 226 (73-74-79), while sophomores Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) and Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) tied for 45th place with three-round totals of 231. Freshman Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) rounded out UT scoring with a 232 (78-79-75) to tie for 50th place, while senior Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) concluded the Big Orange effort with a 68th-place-tying 238 (77-81-80).



"I started off two-over after the first three holes," Cantwell said. "I told myself that I was not going to continue to bogey any more holes. I made a few birdies on 16 and 18 and then made a good save on 4 and birdied number 5. I knew if I could keep making birdies, I could finish with a good round."

Tennessee will next be in action at the Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown over Nov. 10-12 to close out the fall season.

Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships
At Fox Den Country Club (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Team Scores:
1.Ohio State296-292-296=884
2.Oklahoma State291-298-296=885
3.Swedish Jr. National Team291-314-287=892
8.Michigan State301-307-299=907
Louisiana State301-309-309=919
12.Kent State311-302-308=921
13.South Carolina304-307-315=926
15.Penn State318-303-309=930
Top Scorer (field=88):
1.Allison Hanna, Ohio State #73-69-75=217
UT Scores:
30.Jessica Shepley73-74-79=226
T45.Violeta Retamoza75-78-78=231
T45.Golda Johansson75-80-76=231
T50.Holly Cantwell78-79-75=232
T68.Mary Jan Fernandez77-81-80=238
T36.Teesha Ash *75-72-81=228

* - played as an individual
# - won in a playoff

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