Dec. 4, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Angela Oh had the top round among four former Lady Vol golfers on the second day of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Thursday at the LPGA International golf course.
Former Tennessee women's golfers Oh, current volunteer assistant coach Young-A Yang, Jessica Shepley and Violeta Retamoza are competing to either earn or improve their current LPGA membership status at the five-day, 90-hole event.
Oh rose from 33rd to a tie for 30th on Thursday by shooting a 1-under, 71. After 36 holes she is 1-under with a score of 72-71=143, and in position to receive her LPGA card.
Shepley improved by three strokes with a second round score of 1-over, 73. She is tied for 96th with a 76-73=149 total.
Yang was tied for ninth after the first round, but shot an 80 on Thursday. She is tied for 106th with a 70-80=150 total.
Retamoza sits in 139th place after shooting 77-82=159 over the first two rounds.
The former Lady Vols still have 36 holes to improve their positions before the 140-person field is cut in half before Sunday's final round.
The top 20 players at the conclusion of the event will earn Priority in Category 11 LPGA memberships. Players finishing 21st through 30th will receive Priority in Category 16, while players finishing between 31st and 40th places will earn Priority in Category 20.
Michelle Wie charged up the leaderboard with a second round score of 7-under, 65 on Thursday to put her in a tie with Shiya Oyama for first-place at 10-under, 134 through 36 holes.
Yang and Retamoza have both been regulars on the LPGA Tour over the last few years, while Shepley already earned her LPGA card by finishing seventh on the 2008 Duramed FUTURES Tour money list. She is looking to improve her Priority status.
Oh is looking to make the LPGA for the first time, after playing two years for Tennessee.
The four women are some of the most decorated Lady Vol golfers of all-time. They hold four of the top six lowest career scoring averages in UT history and each earned All-America or All-SEC honors while at Rocky Top.