RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The 11th-ranked Tennessee golf team will return to action this weekend in its first tournament of the 2008 campaign, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue University. The group will travel to Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, to play the 6,000-yard, par-72 Coco Beach Golf Course, Sunday through Tuesday. Tee times are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET each day.
Representing the Orange and White are senior Marci Turner, junior Nicole Smith, sophomores Diana Cantú and Angela Oh, and freshman Rebecca Watson.
“We are really looking forward to getting back on the course and competing,” Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. “The players had a great offseason of work and are excited to play again. I’m sure we will have some jitters to overcome after such a long break, but hopefully we can handle them and start the spring on a good note. This is going to be a pretty strong field, but a good one to test our games and see what we’ll need work on before some tougher tournaments come up.”
Joining UT at Coco Beach will be Southeastern Conference opponents No. 6 Arkansas, No. 12 Georgia, No. 20 Alabama, No. 27 LSU and No. 28 South Carolina. The field of 18 also includes No. 13 Purdue, No. 14 Kent State, No. 29 TCU, No. 32 Oklahoma, No. 38 Iowa State, No. 41 N.C. State, No. 43 Florida State, No. 49 UCF, No. 55 Texas Tech, No. 65 Wisconsin, No. 78 Michigan and No. 120 Minnesota.
During the fall season, Tennessee recorded two runner-up and fourth-place finishes, along with a No. 6 placement at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships. Following their trip to Puerto Rico, the Lady Vols will head to sunny Florida for the UCF Challenge, March 9-11.