Oct. 30, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Tennessee women's golf team wrapped up the final tournament of fall at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, finishing in 12th place.
The Lady Vols shot 9-over 297 in the final round, carding eight birdies.
"We were a little more competitive out there but just did not have our A-games this week unfortunately," head coach Judi Pavon said. "Erica played well today and Sara showed some grit and finished with two birdies in her last three holes. This week won't sit well for the next few months off in the off-season, but it will give us a reason to work hard to get better."
Senior Erica Popson paced UT Tuesday, shooting 1-under par 71 (217 total) to finish in a tie for 18th. Sara Monberg followed in a tie for 41st, recording a 2-over par 74 card on the day for a three-day 225 total. Sophomore AJ Newell rounded out the fall in a tie for 47th, with a three-day 227 total. Junior Chessey Thomas tied for 53rd, shooting the Lady Vols' third-lowest score of the day at 3-over par 75 (228 total), while freshman Ashlee Pickerell rounded out Tennessee in a tie for 63rd with a 234 card (77-80-77).
Oklahoma set a tournament record with an 848 (-16) to win the team title, with Texas A&M taking the runner-up spot with a team total of 856 (-8). Host UTSA and Tulane tied for third with 863, while Baylor (874), Kentucky (875), SMU (879), LSU (881), East Carolina (883) and Texas State (888) rounded out the top 10. With an 894 team card, Louisville finished three strokes ahead of Tennessee in 11th, while Colorado (922), Nebraska (902) and North Texas (929) completed the competition in the 13th through 15th spots.
The Lady Vols are off until Feb. 15-7 when they return to spring action Feb. 15-17 at the Mashup Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. It's the first of four tournaments heading into the SEC Championship, set this season for Birmingham, Ala. The NCAA Championship takes place May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.