Johansson celbrates a big putt during the Mercedes-Benz Championships.
Nov. 1, 2002
The No. 11 University of Tennessee Lady Vol golf team opened up the 2002 Auburn Tiger Derby at the Auburn University Club in fine fashion by firing a 1-over 289 to take a lead over its stiffest competition of the season as well as a two shot lead over second-place tourney host Auburn. The first-day total ties UT's third-round 2002 SEC Championship total for the fifth-lowest mark in program history as well as ties for third-place in Derby history. Individually, Auburn's Diana Ramage and Georgia's Summer Sirmons currently lead the pack after a pair of 3-under 69s.
Freshman Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) blitzed the course with a career-low 2-under 70 to begin the tournament in a third-place tie with a block of three other golfers. Team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario) is currently tied for seventh with two golfers after recording a first-day 1-under 71, which moves her into sole possession of sixth-place on the Orange and White's career rounds at par-or-under chart. Junior Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) and freshman Violeta Retamoza (Aquascalientes, Mexico) carded matching 2-over 74s to tie for 21st and round out UT scoring. Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) completed the Lady Vol fivesome with a 5-over 77 to tie for 41st.
The Lady Vols are facing their toughest test to date this weekend as the
Tiger Derby features the top seven teams in the country (No. 1 Duke, No. 2
Arizona, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 6 Florida
and No. 7 Texas) and a total of 10 of the Top 25 ranked schools in the
nation (No. 9 Southern California, No. 12 Georgia and No. 20 South
The Big Orange continues the tournament Saturday with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. UT then concludes the event, and the fall season, Sunday with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.
Auburn Tiger Derby
At Auburn University Club (Auburn)
|1.||No. 11 TENNESSEE||289|
|2.||No. 3 Auburn||291|
|3.||No. 7 Texas||294|
|No. 1 Duke||294|
|5.||No. 9 Southern California||296|
|No. 2 Arizona||296|
|7.||No. 12 Georgia||298|
|8.||No. 20 South Carolina||299|
|9.||No. 4 Oklahoma State||300|
|10.||No. 6 Florida||303|
|11.||No. 5 Vanderbilt||308|
|1.||Diana Ramage, Auburn||69|
|Summer Sirmons, Georgia||69|
|T41.||Mary Jan Fernandez||77|