Yang captures third place honors.
Lady Vol head golf coach Judi Pavon returned to her alma mater, the University of Alabama, this weekend and came away with the title at the inaugural Alabama Capstone Intercollegiate in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee sat in fifth place after day one, but flexed its muscle the last two days recording team low rounds of 309 and 302 to finish with a three-day total of 946.
The Orange and White completed the par 72, 6,128-yard Capstone Club golf course 25 strokes better than second-place Mississippi. The 25-stroke differential is the largest in school history by UT, besting the 21-stroke victory they established last year at the Green Wave Women's Classic. The team championship is the 10th by the Orange and White and third for Pavon, tying her with Linda Franz-Cook and putting her one behind Lori Brock for coaching titles at UT.
"I'm really proud of the team today," stated Pavon. "After the first day, the team did not want to play the next two rounds, but they got mentally tough and played good golf the last two days to come away with the victory."
Individually, three Lady Vols finished among the top 10. Senior Young-A Yang (Tae-Gu City, South Korea) led the way as she fired a 3-over 75 and finished tied for third with a 235. Day two co-leader sophomore Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) struggled to an 82 on day three but ended the event in sixth with a 236. Senior Tina Schneeberger (WR-Neustadt, Austria) knocked four strokes off her day two score and recorded a 2-over 74 to record a three-day 238 and finish tied for ninth. Sophomore Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) matched Schneeberger for low round of the tournament with a 74 in the third round and carded a total of 240 to end tied for 13th. Freshman Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ont.) shot a day three 79 and finished tied for 25th with a 248. Senior Caroline Cole (Mansfield, Texas) played as an individual and recorded a total of 259.
The Orange and White will look to win back-to-back titles when the return to Auburn, Ala., Nov. 9-11, to play in the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational.
|TOP FIVE TEAM STANDINGS|
|LADY VOL STANDINGS|
|6.||Mary Jan Fernandez||79-75-82=236|
|t59.||Caroline Cole *||91-87-81=259|