Oct. 10, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's golf team will host the 16th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships at Holston Hills Country Club this Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14.
This year's field features 16 teams, 11 of which advanced or had an individual advance to NCAA postseason action last season. It also showcases five teams in the top 30 in both the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin and Golfstat rankings.
The teams will take to the par-72, 6,447 yard layout starting Friday with tee times from 9:00 a.m. through 11:20 a.m. Three schools will be paired together in waves, with Tennessee playing with UTSA and Eastern Kentucky on Friday, teeing off between 9:50 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. from No. 1.
The tournament will continue with the same format on Saturday and for the final round on Sunday, with tee times being determined by the team standings entering those rounds. An awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the final round.
"We are looking forward to hosting the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships this weekend at Holston Hills," head coach Judi Pavon said. "It's great to be able to play at home in familiar surroundings on one of our favorite courses. We have a good field coming in and have some teams playing that we haven't seen yet this season. It will be a competitive field, but one that we should expect to finish well in."
The Lady Vols' lineup will consist of seniors Erica Popson and Sara Monberg, junior Chessey Thomas, sophomore AJ Newell and freshman Ashlee Pickerell. Popson finished in a tie for third at last month's Cougar Classic, while Thomas was the top UT finisher at last weekend's Liz Murphey Fall Preview.
The complete list of 2012 participating teams includes Chattanooga, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Furman, Iowa State, James Madison, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UTSA.
Live scoring will be updated every three holes throughout the tournament and is available on golfstat.com and through @LadyVol_Golf on Twitter.
In support of breast cancer awareness month, the tournament will also be tied to the Knoxville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Each participating team at the tournament will receive pink ribbons to display on its bags, while the Lady Vols will sport pink polo's during the event. Additionally, fans will be able to donate money to the foundation during the tournament either in bins or by pledging an amount for every birdie Tennessee makes during the weekend for "Birdies for Breast Cancer." To make a donation, you can visit here.