April 1, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 13/15-ranked Tennessee women's golf team travels to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Browns Summitt, N.C. this weekend.
The Lady Vols will be looking to bounce back from their 16th-place showing last weekend at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
The Big Orange tees off in a group with No. 17 LSU and No. 19 Vanderbilt at 8:20 a.m. from the first hole to kick off the tournament on Friday. The competition, co-hosted by Wake Forest and UNC-Greensboro, runs through Sunday and the weather is scheduled to be sunny with temperatures in the 80s.
Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
This is the 10th year in a row UT has competed in the three-day tournament. Tennessee finished eighth at the Bryan National a year ago, and its best finish at the event came in 2005 (second).
The 18-team field features nine squads in the Golfstat top-25, including No. 2 Auburn and No. 4 Duke, who blew past the competition at the Liz Murphey a week ago.
Tennessee will field a lineup of seniors Ginny Brown and Diana Cantú, freshmen Sara Monberg and Erica Popson and sophomore Nathalie Mansson, who was 13th at the tournament a year ago. Junior Lauren Spurlock will also compete as an individual.
"The spring season has sped by and we are excited for our last regular season event," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said. "The Bryan National is always a very good tournament and this year the field is very strong. We are going to focus on being mentally stronger this week because we have really beat ourselves at times this spring. We are looking for a great effort from all six players this week to help get us ready for the postseason. The weather forecast is good for the first time this spring, so that is also something to look forward to."
Mansson will be looking to capture her fourth consecutive top-10 finish at the tournament, as the Lady Vols tune up before championship season begins in two weeks at the SEC tournament on April 16.