Oct. 22, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The 19th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer golf team surged into fifth place on Saturday afternoon following an impressive performance during the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships. Tennessee fired the second-lowest round of the day, 298, to make the move from 10th. Overall, No. 6 Purdue continues to lead the way, although No. 4 Georgia is one stroke back.
The Swedish Junior National Team and No. 3 Arkansas are tied for third (599), while UT, Tulane, No. 23 Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State and No. 18 SMU round out the top 10, respectively.
In the chase for medalist honors, Arkansas' Amanda McCurdy and Georgia's Whitney Wade share the lead with matching 36-hole sums of 144. Penn State's Maggie Lester and Purdue's Onnarin Sattayabanphot each stand two shots back.
The Lady Vols improved their score by 10 strokes, and four of the five players bettered their opening-round sums.
"We played better today," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "Golda played phenomenal the whole day. Marci played really well and Holly playing even par on the back nine was huge.
"We need to play the course like we do in practice, and hopefully that will allow us to move up."
Marci Turner was solid throughout for the Big Orange, shaving five strokes off her opening-day effort. The sophomore parred No. 10 and drained a birdie putt at No. 11. Turner made par at seven of the next eight holes and stood at one-over par with six to play. The Tompkinsville, Ky., native finished strong down the stretch by making two birdies along with three pars to conclude play with an even-par 71. The 36-hole sum of 147 places Turner in a sixth-place tie.
Golda Johansson also turned in a solid round, as she bettered her first-day score by three strokes. After starting off with a bogey at No. 10, the Lund, Sweden, product focused in and made birdies at holes 12, 14 and 15 to move to two-under par for the day. Six consecutive pars followed before she double bogeyed No. 1. Johansson finished strong with two pars and a bogey and, at one-over par 72, she joins Turner in a tie for sixth with a score of 147
Holly Cantwell (Morristown, Tenn.) followed suit by also besting her effort from Friday. The junior had a challenging beginning to the round, as she stood at five-over par through nine holes. Cantwell did not rattle, however, as she played the front nine at even par. She made seven pars and used a birdie to offset a bogey down the stretch. Cantwell's tournament score stands at 155, and she is tied for 40th.
All-American Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) had an up-and-down round on Saturday. After starting out with a bogey, Retamoza carded two birdies in the next three holes to go to one-over on the day. The 2005 Southeastern Conference Player of the Years strung together three straight pars before bogeying No. 1. The final eight holes Retamoza made two pars to go along with one birdie to wrap up the day with a score of 79. Her two-round total of 160 places her tied for 57th.
Freshman Nicole Smith (Riverside, Calif.) concluded the day with a score of 93. She is in 74th with a tournament total of 171. Additionally, Jennifer Davis (Seymour, Tenn.), competing as an individual, carded an 87. She is in 75th with a two-round score of 173.
The final round of the tournament is slated to get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.