June 27, 2007

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Tomorrow afternoon, Lady Vol Marci Turner will be making her first appearance at the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. The rising senior qualified for the Open earlier this month by registering an even-par 144 at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C., in the sectional qualified round. She will join former Lady Vol Young-A Yang and the field of 154 other professionals and amateurs in the 72-hole tournament.

Following the second practice round today, the All-American took some time to talk about her experience so far and what she expects in the upcoming days.

1. How did the practice rounds go?

They went really well. I was expecting a little different golf course than what it is. After watching the men's Open last week, I started to expect something treacherous, but it has been great. I've been hitting the ball really well.

2. What is the course like?

The hardest parts are going to be around the greens. The greens are really severe. They fall off all around. If you miss hit a club or hit it a little distance, you're going to be left with a really hard shot. They are really fast too. The rough isn't really thick; it is playable. The fairways are pretty wide so if you can hit your target off the tee you have a pretty good chance of getting it on the fairway.

3. What activities have you participated in since you have been there?

We had a dinner last night at the golf course across the street. That was pretty cool because we got to meet a lot of the players there. We also get to drive a Lexus for the week so I've been driving that around.

4. What are your goals now?

Immediately, I want to make the cut here. I think that will give me a lot of confidence going into the other tournaments I am going to play in this summer. This will give me the opportunity to see what it is like to play on tour and see if that is something that I want to do. So far, it's been awesome. I am just going to try and enjoy every minute. It is going to be a really good experience no matter what happens.

Turner will begin on the first tee at 2:42 p.m. tomorrow and will tee off from No. 10 at 9:12 a.m. on Friday.





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