June 9, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second straight year, the Lady Volunteer golf team has been rewarded for its outstanding season with a top-10 national ranking. Tennessee placed ninth in the final Golfweek Magazine poll of the campaign.
"All in all, I am pleased with our season and finishing the year ranked in the top 10," Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon. "We had three great victories, including the NCAA East Regional, made a third straight appearance at the NCAA Championship and had some terrific individual performances."
The Orange and White have secured spots within the country's 25 squads the past 13 years, with a placement of fourth in 1997 serving as a highwater mark.
UT claimed a trio of tournament titles during the 2005-06 season, which matches the program best for a single campaign. Perhaps the most impressive of the victories came when the Big Orange topped the field at the NCAA East Regional. It marked the second year in a row the ladies from Rocky Top had emerged triumphantly from regional play.
Additionally, the effort propelled Team Orange to its third consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships. UT snared a tie for 13th place at the event, marking its sixth top-15 outcome in as many tries at the sport's signature event.
At the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invite from March 21-22, the Lady Vols rewrote the record books by finishing with the best 54-hole-figure in their history, 855, en route to crushing the competition by 38 strokes. The Orange and White garnered National Women's Team of the Week honors by Golfweek for their efforts.
Tennessee concluded the year with its lowest scoring average ever, a dazzling 18-hole mark of 295.9, which topples the program standard established last year. Overall, the Lady Vols compiled an impressive head-to-head record of 120-50-1 (.705).
Team Orange posted five of the 10 lowest rounds in school history, compiled three of the best 36-hole sums in program annals, recorded five of the lowest 54-hole-scores in school history and won three tournaments for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
Sophomore sensation Marci Turner (Tompkinsville, Ky.) picked up Second Team National Golf Coaches Association All-America honors. Turner also snared First Team All-Southeastern Conference accolades, while Nicole Smith (Riverside, Calif.) and Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) found homes on the second squad.
Additionally, Pavon became the second person in program annals to receive the distinction of SEC Coach of the Year (Lori Brock, 1997).
With three of the five players from the 2006 NCAA squad set to return, in addition to an influx of talent from another stellar recruiting class, Pavon has the Lady Vols poised for another magnificent season in 2006-07.