Feb. 28, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The Tennessee women's golf team is looking for better weather and a better finish this Monday and Tuesday at the Kentucky and Kennesaw State-hosted Kinderlou Forest Challenge.
The Lady Vols, rated No. 14 by Golfstat and No. 11 by Golfweek, will be one of six teams ranked in the Golfstat Top-25 in the 18-team field, which will compete on the 6,265-yard, par-73, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club course.
The Lady Vols are scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. and play 36 holes on Monday. Tennessee's No. 1 player, sophomore Nathalie Mansson, will start from the fourth hole in a group with defending SEC champion Marta Silva, of No. 12 Georgia, as well as players from No. 15 Virginia and No. 16 Florida.
Heading into the spring with a two-tournament win streak from the fall, UT's run was snapped at the Wildcat Invitational from Feb. 22-23 at the Arizona National Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. Teams battled wet, cold and windy weather conditions that shortened the tournament to just two rounds. Let by top-30 finishes from Mansson and senior Diana Cantú, the Lady Vols placed 11th in the highly-competitive 16-team field, which featured 11 teams in the Golfstat Top-25.
Mansson, ranked No. 14 in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings, and Cantú, No. 39, are expected to lead the Big Orange's bounce back in Valdosta, Ga.
Mansson, who won two tournaments in the fall, leads Tennessee with a 72.42 scoring average, while Cantú is second (73.25).