BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers are set to begin postseason play at the 2017 SEC Women's Golf Championship at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. The par-72 Legacy Course designed by Rees Jones will host the 14 conference teams from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23.
- Participating Teams: #1 Alabama, #13 Arkansas, Auburn, #8 Florida, #6 Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, #11 South Carolina, Tennessee, #20 Texas A&M and Vanderbilt
- Course: Greystone Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,202 yards)
- Round 1: 9:00 a.m. ET on April 21
- Round 2: 9:00 a.m. ET on April 22
- Round 3: 9:00 a.m. ET on April 23
- Awards Presentation: Will follow conclusion of the final round
- 2016 Results: Team: Alabama (859) | Individual: Maria Torres, Florida (207)
Coming off a regular season in which the Vols carded six top-five finishes, Tennessee returns to the Legacy Course eager for the program's first SEC Championship title.
The Orange and White have placed in the top five at the tournament 15 times since the program's inception in 1992, including eight top-five finishes under Head Coach Judi Pavon.
1. Anna Newell
- All-American Newell enters the postseason having carded eight rounds of par or better, seven top-25 finishes and three top-10 finishes.
- She posted her second top-five finish of the season in the Auburn vs. Tennessee Challenge (also Golfweek Conference Challenge).
- At the 3M Augusta Invitational, the junior tied for 13th place with a score of 222.
- Newell followed it up at the Clemson Invitational with a 54-hole total of 218, tying for 22nd place.
- The Northrop Grumman marked Polo's first collegiate tournament of the season. She shot 231 over 54-holes.
- After tying for 14th place at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Polo carded her third top-16 finish of the season at the 3M Augusta Invitational with an overall score of 223 (T16).
- The Guatemala native shot 221 and tied for 35th place in the Clemson Invitational to close out the regular season.
- Pietila finished the fall season by shooting below-par rounds on all three days of the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational en route to recording the Vols' lowest 54-hole score (209) and best placement (T-3rd) of the fall.
- The senior finished fourth at the Auburn vs. Tennessee Challenge with a score of 149.
- She then tied for eighth place at the 3M Augusta Invitational with fellow Vol Blakesly Warren to garner Co-SEC Player of the Week honors.
- Boasting the lowest average on the 2016-17 squad, Warren has posted 10 rounds of par or better, six top-25 finishes and four top-10 finishes this season.
- In the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, the junior recorded a career-low 68 and carded her lowest tournament score (211).
- After placing third at the Auburn vs. Tennessee Challenge, Warren tied for eighth place at the 3M Augusta Invitational with Pietila to garner Co-SEC Player of the Week honors.
- Williams has made an immediate impact for Tennessee. She's tallied six rounds of par or better and three top-15 finishes, including a fourth place finish, through nine tournaments.
- In her first collegiate tournament, the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, the freshman shot 219 to tie for 29th place.
- Williams carded her first top-four finish in the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational. She posted two below par rounds, including a career-low 67, en route to recording 211 in the tournament.
- The Alabama native shot 70 in the second round of the Clemson Invitational, marking her sixth round of par or better this season.
- The SEC Championship will be played on Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 in an 18-18-18 format.
- The three-day tournament gets underway Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Saturday's and Sunday's rounds will also start at 9:00 a.m. ET (weather permitting).
- The awards ceremony will be held upon the conclusion of the round.
- Live stats and up-to-date information will be available at Golfstat.com and SECSports.com.
- Results will also be posted to the tournament central page and twitter at the conclusion of each round.
2017 Tournament Notes
- Five SEC teams are in Golfstat's top-25 rankings entering the postseason, including No. 1 Alabama.
- Alabama claimed the tournament title in 2016 with scores of 286-292-281 for an 859 total (-5).
Tennessee at the SEC Championship
- After the inception of the program in 1992, Tennessee made its first SEC Championship appearance in the spring of 1993. UT placed second out of 11 teams that season and went on to tie for eighth place at the NCAA East Regional.
- Katharina Larsson became the first individual SEC Champion from Tennessee in 1994 after shooting 209.
- Larsson's nine-stroke margin of victory in 1994 still ranks largest in the SEC record books. Georgia's Shauna Estes and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow both tied the record with nine-stroke leads of their own in 1999 and 2013, respectively.
- Tennessee recorded the sixth-lowest second round score of the SEC Championship on April 20, 2002 with a total of 282.
- In 2011, Erica Popson earned the individual title for the Vols with a 54-hole score of 210.
- Popson shot 66 in the first round of the 2011 SEC Championship, breaking Garret Phillips' 2007 first-round record of 67.
Tennessee Quick Drives
- Tennessee's top scorers, Warren, Newell and Williams, have a combined fall scoring average of 72.17 and boast 59 rounds of par or better, 45 top-25 finishes and 19 sub-70 rounds during their careers.
- Williams low round of 67 on Day Two of the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invite marked the lowest 18-hole score of the fall and ranks ninth in Tennessee history.
- On the season, the Vols, led by Head Coach Judi Pavon and her staff, are averaging 293.77 strokes per round and finished in the top five in six tournaments so far this season.
- In November, Tennessee signed three of the top-50 players in the 2017 signing class: No. 10 Kristin Engle (early enrollee), No. 19 Waverly Whiston and No. 50 Mariah Smith.
Folds of Honor
Tennessee Women's Golf partnered with Folds of Honor (FOH) through the WGCA to carry a specially designed golf bag to honor Army Staff Sergeant John Michael Schafer. He served two tours in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division from January 1, 1968 to December 1, 1972.
Schafer received the Bronze Star Medal for heroism twice, earning the Bronze Star Medal second Oak Leaf Cluster and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for his actions in ground combat. He was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.
Throughout the 2016-17 season, a Tennessee golfer carried the bag displaying his name, rank and branch of service in each regular season tournament.
- Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship: Allison Herring
- Golfweek Conference Challenge: Anna Newell
- Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational: Blakesly Warren
- Maryb S. Kauth Invitational: Teleri Hughes
- Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge: Hannah Pietila
- Darius Rucker Intercollegiate: Micheala Williams
- 3M Augusta Invitational: Lucia Polo
- Clemson Invitational: Blakesly Warren
All members of the 2016-17 squad, with the exceptions of early enrollee Engle and freshman Williams, are VOLScholars.
To be eligible to wear the VOLScholar patch, University of Tennessee student-athletes must achieve a 3.0 GPA in either of the two previous semesters, or they must own a cumulative 3.0 GPA (freshmen are not eligible for the patch).
- The 2017 NCAA Regionals, hosted by New Mexico, Georgia, Texas Tech and Ohio State, take place May 8-10. Teams that advance out of regionals will compete at the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 19-24.