Newell ready for spotlight.
Oct. 11, 2013
Back in 2001, the Lady Vols took Austin, Texas by storm.
The Tennessee women's golf team swept the Betsy Rawls Invitational, winning both the team and individual championship. Lady Vol great Young-A Yang led the team by shooting a 218 and capturing the individual crown.
On Sunday, head coach Judi Pavon and the Lady Vols look to repeat history as they return to Austin and the Betsy Rawls Invitational for the first time since their championship sweep.
"We're excited to be back on the road after almost a three-week break," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We have a new lineup for this week and I'm looking forward to seeing some new players compete for us. We have not competed on this course before so it will be a new experience for all of us."
With senior Chessey Thomas away at LPGA Qualifying School, Coach Pavon will turn the reigns over to the future of the Lady Vols program. The Lady Vols starting five will be AJ Newell, Emmie Pietila, Mason Chen, Daeun Song and Hannah Pietila. The new nucleus of orange is made up of a junior, three transfers and one freshman.
Newell will look to step up her game with the absence of Thomas. The junior from Tampa, Fla., will have the opportunity to emerge as a leader for Coach Pavon and improve off of her last tournament (Mercedes-Benz Championship) where she finished in a tie for 46th place.
Coach Pavon and assistant coach Erika Brennan have supreme confidence in the young ladies this weekend and will look to rekindle some of their 2001 magic.
2013 BETSY RAWLS LONGHORN INVITATIONAL INFO
UCLA, Arizona State, Iowa State, Tulane, Texas, Denver, New Mexico, Tulsa, UTSA, SMU, Mississippi State, Miami, Tennessee, Furman, Princeton, TCU, San Diego State, and UNLV.
University of Texas Golf Club - Austin, Texas - Par 72 - 6,143 yards
Format: 54 holes (18-Sunday, 18-Monday, 18-Tuessday).
[Monday's second round is Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Teams and fans are encouraged to wear pink.]
Live scoring will be available at BirdieFire.com.
GOLF WORLD/WGCA COACHES' PRESEASON DIVISION I POLL (as of Oct. 6)
No. 1 UCLA, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 15 Iowa State, and No. 18 Tulane
Sunday, October 13 - TBD Monday, October 14 - TBD Tuesday, October 15 - TBD
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS & RECORDS
VOLS STARTING LINEUP