Sept. 9, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer golf team will commence its 2005-06 campaign where they finished last season, among the nation's elite, by earning a ranking of 10th in Golfweek Magazine's preseason poll. Additionally, two-time senior All-American Violeta Retamoza rated third among the individuals.
"I am pleased that we are included in Golfweek's preseason top 10," Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "Rankings are a reflection of your team accomplishments so we will be working hard this season to maintain and improve upon our pre-season ranking."
It is the fifth time that the Big Orange has been slotted in the top 10 to begin the year and the highest preseason position for UT since the 2003-04 campaign.
Tennessee is coming off a tremendous 2004-05 season in which it posted nine top-five finishes, claimed the first NCAA Regional crown in program history and tied for sixth at the national championships.
Retamoza led the charge last year for the Orange and White, as her score counted toward the team total in every round. The Aguascalientes, Mexico, native fashioned six top-10 showings, while becoming the first Lady Vol to earn medalist honors at the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships with a tournament-record 211.
"Violeta is definitely one of the very best players in women's collegiate golf, and it will be exciting to see what the year holds for her," Pavon said.
"The preseason rank is an honor, but I know Violeta hopes to be the number one player in the country. I think being preseason number three will be good motivation for her to work hard and perform at the highest level each week."
The Lady Vols christen their season at the Cougar Classic, from Sept. 12-13 in