Oct. 9, 2009
BY AUSTIN BAIRD
As the Lady Vol golf team attempts to build off of its fourth-place finish at the season-opening Duramed Cougar Classic, the team wants to see how good it can get.
"That's kind of been our team motto--if everyone plays to their potential, the sky is the limit," senior Ginny Brown said. "We have some great players and everyone is getting better constantly."
Brown, who was one of four Lady Vols to finish in the top 25 at the Cougar Classic, aims to rebound from a performance she described as "frustrating because I could have done so much better."
"In golf, you can go out there and play great, but you'll only remember the shots you left out there," she said. "If I can go to UNC and play up to my ability and not give up shots, I'll come home happy. I want this weekend to help set me up to win at the Mercedes [Benz Classic in Knoxville.]"
Head Coach Judi Pavon sees this weekend's Tar Heel Invitational in a similar light.
"This will be a really good field with a lot of good teams there, probably slightly better than what we saw at Charleston," Pavon said. "It will give us a good challenge as we prepare for the Mercedes, which is always a big tournament for us. We've only won it one time before and I feel like our lineup and players give us a real shot to win it again this year."
Pavon views both tournaments as stepping stones towards the team's season goals--ranking as the winning the SEC championship, making a serious shot at the NCAA title and pushing a few individual players to All-American status.
"We've got the potential to have at least three or four All-Americans and I would love to see them accomplish that," Pavon said. "Ginny [Brown] was a few shots away last year and I think this time she will have better luck."