Lady Vols Look to Battle at The Alamo
Judi Pavon leads the Lady Vols at The Alamo

Oct. 25, 2013

After a two-week break, the Tennessee women's golf team will return to the state of Texas to compete in fifth edition of The Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

A total of 15 teams will comprise the field in San Antonio, including five Southeastern Conference schools (Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M) and five Top-25 schools (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Tulane, LSU)

Tennessee won the first ever Alamo Invitational in 2009 in a shortened event due to rain. The Lady Vols finished with a total score of 289 (+1). In addition, Tennessee's Nathalie Mansson won the 2009 individual title by carding a 70 (-2).

On Sunday, the Lady Vols will see the return of senior Chessey Thomas and freshman Lucia Polo. Thomas missed the Betsy Rawls Invitational due to qualifying in the LPGA's Q-School. Read her daily blog of the event: Chessey Lately Blog

"I'm really excited to be back traveling with the team again," Thomas said. "This is a great tournament for us to end our fall season with."

The Lady Vols starting five will be Chessey Thomas, Hannah Pietila, AJ Newell, Lucia Polo and Teleri Hughes. Emmie Pietila will be competing as an individual.



Newell will look to build off of her career best performance at the Betsy Rawls Invitational. The junior from Tampa, Fla., finished tied for 27th place and shot a career 54-hole low of 218 (+2). In addition, Newell tied a career low round on the final day of play with a 70 (-2).

For the historians, the Alamo and the Volunteer state go way back.

Tennesseans upheld their reputation as volunteers, when, unsolicited, several hundred made the journey south to assist the Texans in their war for independence from Mexico. The best known of these was David Crockett. His already legendary status was only enhanced by his dramatic death at the Alamo in 1836.

But before the Alamo fell, 33 Tennesseans, the largest number of defenders provided by any state - nearly four times as many as from Texas - kept Mexican General Santa Anna's overwhelming army at bay for 13 days against unbelievable odds. On March 6, 1836, the brave Tennessee Volunteers and the other Alamo defenders were overrun and breathed their last.

However, the crucial days the Volunteers slowed down the Mexican army gave another Tennessean, Sam Houston, enough time to gallop through Texas raising an army to defend what would become the Lone Star State. This army defeated Santa Anna in no small part because of the contributions of Tennessee's Volunteers. There can be no doubt Texas owes a great debt of gratitude for its statehood to the fierce men from Tennessee.


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Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulane, UTSA


Briggs Ranch Golf Course - San Antonio, Texas - Par 72 - 6,428 yards

Format: 54 holes (18-Sunday, 18-Monday, 18-Tuessday).


Live scoring will be available at

Golfstat Top-25 Poll (as of Oct. 23)

No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 17 Florida, No. 18 Tulane and No. 25 LSU

2012 Champions

Team: Oklahoma
Individual: Maribel Lopez Porras (Tulane)


Sunday, October 27 - 11 a.m. CT start
Monday, October 28 - 8:30 a.m. start
Tuesday, October 29 - 8:45 a.m. start


The Alamo Program - PDF


Chessey Thomas
Hannah Pietila
AJ Newell
Lucia Polo
Teleri Hughes
Emmie Pietila - Competing as an individual

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