ROGERS, Ark. - The Tennessee Lady Vol golf team knocked four shots off its

first round score on Day 2 of the 2000 SEC Championships on Saturday, due

in part to sophomore Young-A Yang's one-under 71. The Lady Vols moved up to

third place as they turned their attention to Sunday's final round at the

Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

"We've been given a gift that we need to take advantage of," Lady Vol head

coach Lori Brock said. "It's exciting to be in third place, and sometimes

things work out like this and give you motivation to really get the job

done."

Yang carded a one-under 35 on the front nine and finished even on the back

to share the second-lowest round of the tournament. She is currently tied

for third place and just four shots off the lead.

"I didn't worry about hitting bad shots today," Yang said. "I just went out

and focused on hitting it well. I feel a lot more confident and I like the

position I'm holding right now."

As a team, Tennessee turned in a second-round score of 309 to total 621 on

the tournament. Sophomore Tina Schneeberger moved into a tie for 12th place

with rounds of 75 and 80 for 155 after the first two days.

Senior Stacey Bergman also carded an 80 on the second day to enter the

clubhouse tied for 22nd place at 158. Freshman Erin Simmons fired the

second-lowest round for the Lady Vol effort with a six-over 78, finishing

the day in tie for 25th at 159, and freshman Rosanna Zernatto rounds out

the UT effort at 164 for a share of 41st.

Auburn holds onto the team lead with a two-day total of 612, while Florida

sits five shots back at 617. Florida's Brittany Straza took control of the

individual lead, firing a tournament-low 70 on the day for a total of

146.

With thundershowers in the forecast, Sunday's final round will now begin

with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.

Vol Golf Squad Slips To Ninth Place At SEC Tournament

The University of Tennessee men's golf team is currently tied for ninth

place after 36 holes of the 2000 SEC Championships. The Vols shot rounds of

301-304­605, to slip from fourth place after Friday's competition.

Freshman Andrew Pratt continues to lead the Vols with rounds of 74-73­147

to place him tied for 12th. Senior Derrick Centers is currently tied for

27th with scores of 75-76­151, to post the second-best Tennessee

score.

Georgia continues to hold the lead in the team competition with a 36-hole

total of 564. The Bulldogs fired the tournament's lowest round thus far, a

278, to take a nine-stroke lead over second-place Auburn (573). Mississippi

State (584) remains in third, LSU (596) holds the fourth-place position,

and Ole Miss (597) moved from sixth to fifth after round two.

Mississippi State's Alex Rocha is leading the individual competition with

marks of 70-68­138. Roland Thatcher (Auburn) and Erik Compton (Georgia) are

tied for the runner-up position with scores of 140.

The Vols will tee off for the final round of the SEC Championship beginning

at approximately 9:00 a.m. Sunday. Check out Tuesday's Beacon for all

the latest results concerning both the men and women golfers.