July 22, 2013
The Lady Vol golf program may be in its offseason, but there still was plenty of golf action over the weekend. A total of seven current, former, and future Lady Vols competed in tournaments across the nation spanning from Tennessee to Washington. Here is your weekend caddie roundup:
LPGA Marathon Classic
Erica Popson will always remember Monday, July 15. That was the day the former Lady Vol qualified for her first LPGA event.
Popson, one of Tennessee most decorated Lady Vol golfers, participated at the Marathon Classic (one of over 20 tournaments on the LPGA Tour) in Toledo, Ohio. Popson showed no sign of nerves as she found her groove right off the first tee box. On Thursday, Popson had a share of the lead through the front nine. The Davenport, Fla., native eventually cooled off, missing the cut after shooting rounds of 74 and 71.
Tennessee women's golf volunteer assistant coach Jessica Shepley also participated in the LPGA Marathon Classic. In her fifth season with the Lady Vols, Shepley serves as the program's LPGA Tour consultant. Like Popson, she played her best golf in the early stages of the Toledo event. Shepley started Friday's second round in a tie for second place. However, she finished the event in a tie for 58th place after carding rounds of 66, 76, 69, and 75 (+2).
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Tennessee Women's Open
Meanwhile back in Tennessee, a couple of Lady Volunteers were competing in the 15th Annual Tennessee Women's Open in Crossville.
Teleri Hughes, a recent Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the Year, finished the women's open in a tie for 13th place after carding rounds of 72, 77, and 77 (+10). The 2013 Lady Vol signee was tied for third after the first round. However, she could never regain her first round form after a rough stretch of bogeys in her second round.
Daeun Song, a rising Lady Vol junior, finished the women's open tied for 21st after carding rounds of 78, 73, and 77 (+2). The native of Ulsan, Korea began the tournament with three consecutive birdies. However, she would go on to only sink two more birdies the rest of the weekend.
Pacific Northwest Golfers Association (PNGA) Women's Amateur
Chessey Thomas was back in her native Washington over the weekend, looking to defend her 2012 PNGA Women's Amateur Championship.
The rising Lady Vol senior finished third during the week's stroke-play to earn a no. 3 seed in the single elimination match-play in Walla Walla, Wash. Thomas advanced to the semi-finals by winning the Round of 32 in 20 holes, the Round of 16 by a 6&4 count, and the Round of 8 by a 2&1 count. It took 21 holes for Oregon's Caroline Inglis to defeat Thomas in the semi-final showdown.
Defending Champion, Chessey Thomas and Caroline Inglis are battling it out for the final spot in tomorrow's finals! Headed to the 21st hole.— PNGA CHAMPIONSHIPS (@PNGALIVE) July 18, 2013
Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Women's Championship
On Wednesday, sisters Hannah and Emmie Pietila competed in the 22nd GAM Women's Championship in Richland, Mich.
Hannah, a 2013 Lady Vol signee, finished tied for seventh after posting rounds of 77 and 75 (+4). Emmie, a rising Lady Vol sophomore, finished tied for eleventh after carding rounds of 76 and 78 (6). Both sisters are natives of Brighton, Mich., and will be on Rocky Top in the fall.
Thomas and AJ Newell will participate in the 4th Annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). The tournament will begin Tuesday, July 23 in Powell, Ohio.
The competition will consist of 42 two-person teams of top current women's collegiate golfers. Each team will pair players from the same university in a 54-hole stroke play event.
The format of the Championship is Day 1 (July 23): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (July 24): Best Ball; and Day 3 (July 25): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.