Aug. 25, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tying for the largest team in school history, the 2006-07 Lady Vol Golf squad sat down for picture day at Cherokee Country Club and the M.C. James Practice Range today. The team of nine, including four returnees and five newcomers, took time to answer some questions about their summers and the upcoming season. The squad is eager to start the season, especially the 10th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee.
"I am most excited about our home tournament," said junior Jennifer Davis. "The members at Cherokee get very excited to see what we can do and we get the opportunity to represent the Lady Vols at home."
The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, to be held Oct. 13-15, will feature seven of the 24 teams to reach the 2005 NCAA Championships. The Lady Vols will also face stiff competition at their eight other regular-season tournaments over the course of the upcoming year.
Tennessee will start the season on Sept. 11, in Charleston, S.C., in the Cougar Classic. Last season, UT's total of 870 was the second-lowest score in program history and good enough to defeat No. 4 Georgia to claim the title. Marci Turner had an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, which gave the then-sophomore her first collegiate win.
On Sept. 22, the Lady Vols will head to Daytona Beach, Fla., to try their hand at the LPGA International Course in the Fall Preview. Traditionally, the Fall Preview is held at the same course as the NCAA Championships and gives golfers the opportunity to see what lies ahead in May.
Tennessee's next stop will be at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C., before returning home for the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships. To round out the fall season, the Lady Vols will compete in the Auburn Derby Invite from Oct. 27-29. The squad garnered a fifth-place showing in Auburn last year, led by then-freshman Nicole Smith tying for second and Turner tying for fourth.
The spring season will kick off in Tuscon, Ariz., on Feb. 26, as the Lady Vols will compete in the Arizona Wildcat for the eighth time in nine years. The squad will then join a field of eighteen in the SunTrust Lady Gator hosted by the University of Florida from March 10-11. Baton Rouge, La., is the next stop on the Lady Vols calendar when they compete in their first LSU Invitational, March 16-18.
The 2006-07 regular season will conclude at the familiar Bryan National Collegiate at Bryan Park Golf Course in Greensboro, N.C., where the Big Orange took home a fourth-place finish last spring.
Senior Holly Cantwell
On her summer: "I had a wonderful summer! I played in a couple of tournaments at the beginning and then took a summer school class in July. I spent a lot of time with my family and friends. We went to Charleston for a week with my mom's family. Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit and it was very relaxing! I also made several road trips to visit friends; it was great and much needed.
On preparing for the upcoming season: "I spent a lot of time working on the weaker parts of my game to better prepare me for this season. I continued to play a lot, not only in tournaments, but for fun to keep me motivated. I worked out most days of the week to maintain my strength and endurance. I also took vacations and spent time with friends for a mental break so that when I return, my mind will be fresh and ready to go."
On the excitement of tournament play: "I am most excited about our home tournament. This is the tournament that I look forward to most of the year because it is not only one of the best collegiate tournaments, but it is also a special tournament. Being from Tennessee, I love having all of my family, friends and the Lady Vol fans there to watch and support us. It gives us the opportunity to show other teams how great Tennessee is and how much pride we have in our school. This tournament sends us positive energy and a lot of excitement!"
On the start of classes: "I am most excited about my Physiology of Exercise class because I am getting into the core of my major and learning about what I am really interested in. My professor is very well-known and I think he will be able to prepare me well for graduate school."
On why she came to UT: "I chose to come to UT for many great reasons! I am from Tennessee and have always been a huge UT fan; my blood runs orange. I have many family members who graduated from here. You can go to any other school and not find what Tennessee has to offer. I love the rich traditions that UT continues, the pride and passion of the athletic departments, football and the great support from the community. There is no other athletic department in the country like the Lady Vol athletic department. The coaching staff is fantastic and the opportunities they provide you to help you grow as a person and an athlete are infinite. All of our resources that help us be the best on the course and in the classroom are at our fingertips. The Lady Vol athletic department represents class!"
On what she likes most about Knoxville: "I love the supportive community in Knoxville. Most people around here are Vol fans and are dedicated to supporting us. I love how I can walk into the grocery store with a Lady Vol hat on and someone who I don't even know, comes up and asks me how my season is going or congratulating me on a great tournament. People go out of their way to help us and be as nice as they can be. The support is exciting and motivating."
On the advice given to incoming freshman on the golf team: "Wow! It has just hit me that I am a senior this year and that my collegiate career is rounding up. I was just yesterday when I moved into the dorms and was a scared freshman. Right now I would encourage the new freshman to enjoy their next four years because as far away as it may seem, it will fly by. Soak up all of the fun you can have because these are the best days of your life. Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you because you never know how it may positively impact your life. Meet as many friends as you can because they will be forever life long friends. You have four years of great golf ahead of you, so set goals and work hard to reach them. Work just as hard in the classroom as you would on the golf course; it will all pay off. Listen and learn from your teammates, coaches and teachers. They will help you achieve your dream and become a well-rounded individual. Go to as many athletic events and school functions as you can and emerge yourself in alkl of the Tennessee excitement; there is nothing like it anywhere else, I promise! You are with the best of the best at the best, so you might as well be the best. Enjoy it!"
On what she likes most about being on the golf team: "I enjoy representing the University of Tennessee and my home state as a golfer on the Lady Vol golf team. I have been given everything that I need to help me be the best golfer, student and person that I can be. We do a lot of fun traveling and it does not matter where we go, when people see our logo, they know exactly who we are; that is such a great feeling! I have had a blast over the years getting to know different people on my team. I have developed wonderful friendships that will last forever. I love the challenge that being on the golf team gives me. The coaches and the team challenge me day in and day out to work hard and strive to reach my goals. I know that what I have learned will help me in the future."
Junior Marci Turner
On her summer: "My summer was good and very relaxing. All I did was work on my golf game and hang out with my friends."
On preparing for the upcoming season: "I worked with my swing coach to iron out a few things in my swing. I worked on eliminating mistakes from my game."
On the tournament she is most excited about: "Charleston because I won there last year and want to defend my title."
On the start of classes: "I am excited about Turf Grass Management because I finally get to start classes in my major."
On why she came to UT: "It was like home. I felt really comfortable around Coach Judi and felt I could establish a good relationship with her."
On what she likes about Knoxville: "I like that it has everything you need without feeling way too big."
On the advice given to incoming freshman on the golf team: "Don't be scared! College is fun and golf is fun, so just enjoy every moment."
On why a recruit should come to UT: "UT is an awesome school and the golf team is very consistent. It has everything you need to succeed both academically and athletically."
On one thing that is surprising about Knoxville: "Everyone is always willing to help out. Tennessee is a friendly place."
On what she likes most about being on the golf team: "The relationships that I have formed. I will leave UT with many friends and wonderful relationships."
Junior Jennifer Davis
On her summer: "My summer was great. I spent a lot of time working on my game and improving on the areas of my game that needed it most. I also went to Zimbabwe, Africa for two weeks on a mission trip!"
On preparing for upcoming season: "I changed a couple of things in my putting routine. I also worked on hitting my driver straight and different chips around the green."
On the excitement of tournament play: "I am most excited about our home tournament. The members at Cherokee get very excited to see what we can do and we get the opportunity to represent the Lady Vols at home!"
On the start of classes: "I am excited about Child and Family Studies 351 and Psychology 300 which is Child Psychology. My major is Child Development and I love learning more about children and their behaviors."
On why she came to UT: "I chose to come to UT because I had always dreamed of being a Lady Vol. I grew up in Seymour all of my life and went to some of the football games. I have always loved the enthusiasm that this school has!"
On what she likes most about Knoxville: "The thing I love most about Knoxville is the people. Most of the people are friendly and would help you anytime you needed help."
On the advice given to incoming freshman on the team: "The advice I would give to incoming freshman would be to come in ready to work. Always go to class, be to practice on time, study and go the extra mile in school and golf. It is four years, but it goes by a lot quicker than you think! And always keep your head up!"
On why a recruit should come to UT: "A recruit should come to Tennessee for several reasons. We have great golf courses to play at, we have an awesome team, we have great coaches and you have so many people surrounding you to help you with your golf game, mental game and school work. It is a great University and you would take great pride in being a Lady Vol!"
On what people would be surprised to know about UT: "The number of classes that have small amounts of people in them. There are around 25,000 students at UT, but there are so many classes that have small amounts of people in them. I love it!"
On what she likes most about being on the golf team: "The thing I enjoy most about being on the golf team here are the friendships I have made. They are something I will always cherish even when I have graduated from Tennessee!"
Sophomore Nicole Smith
On her summer: "I went to the beach and hung out with friends. It was great."
On the start of classes: "I am most excited about my business ethics class."
On advice for incoming freshmen: "Have fun!"
On something that is surprising about Knoxville residents: "They are really nice and crazy about the sports."
Sophomore Rachel Ingram
On her summer: "My summer was good. I played in a few tournaments and spent time with my family."
On why she chose UT: "I've dreamed of being a Lady Vol for as long as I can remember, so when the opportunity popped up, it was a no-brainer for me."
On what she likes most about Knoxville: "It is kind of close to home and unlike home it has more than one red light."
On advice for incoming freshmen: "You take out of something what you put into it, so put your all into it."
On why a recruit should come to Tennessee: "Because the people here are awesome and they are so supportive of women's athletics."
On what she likes most about being on the golf team: "All the cool stuff we get and all the girls and coaches are awesome."
Freshman Angie Oh
On the excitement of tournament play: "[I am excited about] the first one because it is the first college tournament I will play in."
On the class she is most excited about: "Rock History!"
On why she came to UT: "[UT has] nice people and a great golf team."
On why a recruit should come to UT: "To see how great it is down here."
On what she likes most about being on the team: "My team members. Other teams usually fight and have rivalries, but not at Tennessee."
Freshman Diana Cantú
On her summer: "It was good. I tried to do things I had never done, like eat things I had never had. I tried to spend more time with my family and friends."
On preparing for the upcoming season: "I practiced a lot, did workouts and got ready for the change. I also tried to relax and enjoy."
On the excitement of tournament play: "I am most excited about SECs and Nationals because the best players and teams get to play there."
On why she chose UT: "I chose UT because of the great coaches, awesome team, great athletic program, wonderful campus and academic program. I also loved the town."
On why a recruit should come to UT: "So that she could notice there is no place better than this one!"
On what she likes about being on the golf team: "The people treat you well and we are part of the great history of UT golf."
Freshman Ginny Brown
On the tournament she is most excited about: "Nationals so we can compete against the best teams and beat them!"
On the class she is most excited about: "I am most excited about Communication Information."
On what she likes most about Knoxville: "The city has a personality and everyone loves the Vols!"
On something surprising about Knoxville: "It is exciting culturally."
On what she likes most about being on the golf team: "The team unity and competitiveness."
Freshman Leah Hagedorn
On her summer: "I was sick at the beginning of the summer, but towards the end I spent time with family and friends, and practiced."
On the tournament she is most excited about: "I am most excited about the home tournament at Cherokee because I am sure we will have plenty of friends."
On the class she is most excited about: "Political Science because I am interested in Law."
On why she chose UT: "The great golf program and friendly people."
On what she likes most about Knoxville: "The people. There are so many helpful people."
On something people would be surprised to find out about UT: "UT is such a big family and people are really helpful and friendly."