Lady Vols Tied For 8th at Alamo
AJ Newell was one of three Lady Vols to record four birdies in the first round.

Oct. 28, 2012

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Tennessee women's golf team is tied for eighth after carding 14 birdies and shooting 4-over par 292 in Sunday's first round at the Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

The Lady Vols are tied with Kentucky and sit 13 strokes off Oklahoma's 9-under 279 lead.

Sophomore AJ Newell led the Big Orange through the first round and is knotted in a tie for 11th after carding a season low 1-under par 71.

"AJ played really well today," head coach Judi Pavon said. "She has been working on a lot of little things to bring her scores down, so it was great to see it pay off. I was happy for her that she birdied 18 after a bogey on 17 to be under par for the day."

Newell, along with seniors Erica Popson and Sara Monberg each recorded four birdies apiece, while junior Chessey Thomas added two.

Popson shot even-par 72 to sit in a tie for 15th, with Thomas following at 1-over par 73 in a tie for 25th. Monberg finished the day 4-over par 76 and freshman Ashlee Pickerell rounded out UT at 5-over par 77.

"The course is a good one with lots of opportunities to make birdies, so we are hoping to play well tomorrow and make up some ground on the leaders," Pavon said. "We made too many bogeys out there today to offset the 14 birdies we did make."

Following Oklahoma in the team standings in second through fifth place, respectively, is SMU (286), Tulane (287), Texas A&M (289) and UTSA (290). LSU and Baylor are tied for sixth at three-over 291. East Carolina (294), Texas State (300), Louisville (301), Colorado (303), Nebraska (308) and North Texas (311) round out the squads in the 10th through 15th slots.

Tee times for Monday's second round begin at 8:30 CST, and teams will play a third and final round on Tuesday in the shotgun format. Tennessee will be paired with Kentucky and Baylor.

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