Nov. 11, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Prior to making its scheduled trip to Stanford, Calif., to compete in the inaugural Pac-10/SEC Challenge, the Lady Vol golf team stopped off in Pebble Beach, Calif., to play the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.
"We told the team about three or four days prior and they were really excited because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play Pebble Beach," said Lady Vol golf coach Judi Pavon. "We had all just watched the U.S. Open from start to finish, so the course was fresh in everyone's mind."
In June, the historic course was home to the 2010 U.S. Open for the first time since 2000. Northern Ireland native Graeme McDowell took the title and became the first European to win the Open since 1970.
Hugging the California coast line, the challenging course offered the team a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
"The greens were pretty small and without knowing the course, everyone made some mistakes," Pavon said. "We got in all 18 and No. 18 is one of the most scenic holes you see on TV and they got to experience it. It was an exciting trip."
The Orange and White wrapped up its fall campaign with an eighth-place finish at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge and will resume play in the spring when the team travels to New Orleans, La., to compete in the AllState Sugar Bowl Championship.