Feb. 15, 2014
The Tennessee women's golf team heads to Puerto Rico hot off a victory at last week's Lady Bulldog Individual. The Lady Vols will be making their third appearance at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue University.
The Lady Vols' last visit to Puerto Rico was in 2009, when they finished runner-up. In 2009, Nathalie Mansson led the Lady Vols by finishing in third place with a score of 220 (+4).
The tournament begins Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The three-day event includes six of the top-25 teams in the nation.
This year's tournament marks the 14th straight season Purdue has hosted the annual event. This year's River Course is set up as a par-72, 5,826-yard venue for the three-day, 54-hole event.
In addition to Alabama, Arkansas and North Carolina State, The field is comprised of No. 17 Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, Auburn, Augusta State, Georgia, Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Missouri, No. 15 NC State, Northwestern, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee, and Texas Tech.
Tennessee will travel six Lady Volunteers to compete in Puerto Rico. The Tennessee starting five will be led by senior Chessey Thomas, who has a team-low 72.9 stroke average. Thomas has two top-10 tournament finishes this season, including her first collegiate championship at the Lady Bulldog Individual last week.
Junior AJ Newell will miss the first tournament of her career as she stays back in Knoxville to recover from a back injury.
Tournament action will begin at 7 a.m. ET on Sunday with a shotgun start, followed by another 7 a.m. start on Monday and a 7:30 a.m. tee time on Tuesday.
Live scoring can be found at GolfStat.com.