The winds continued to blow, but the University of Tennessee Lady Vol golf

team held on to finish in second place at the 1999 SEC Championships in

Opelika, Ala., on Sunday.

The team recorded a three-round score of 905 to finish 18 strokes behind

team champion Georgia at the par-72, 5,891-yard Grand National Lakes

Course. The Bulldogs Shauna Estes claimed the individual title with a score

of 210.

"We were excited to finish second," said head coach Lori Brock. "We played

well and you can't be upset with that. We're on a roll now as we head into

the postseason, and it's nice to see orange near the top of the

scoreboard."

Lady Vol freshman Young-A Yang carded a one-under 71 in the third round to

claim second place and truly earn her SEC Freshman of the Year honors. She

finished three-over at 219, posting her season-best finish, her sixth

top-10 performance and her second-lowest total of the year.

Senior Jessica Lindbergh was close behind, finishing in fourth place with a

total of 224. Both Yang and Lindbergh were named to the All-SEC first

team.

"Going into this weekend, I wanted to win," Yang said. "Obviously, I didn't

win, but I played well. I wasn't always consistent, but I was able to bring

it back and was pleased with my scores. I'm really just happy with the way

our whole team played. We showed a lot of team spirit this weekend."

UT junior Stacey Bergman stepped up play on the final day, carding a

three-over 75 to finish tied for 27th. She earned All-SEC honorable mention

honors based on her performances throughout the season.

Freshmen Carrie Cole and Tina Schneeberger also bolstered the Lady Vol

effort. Cole carded a 75 in the final round, her second-lowest round of the

season, to end tied for 18th in her season-best finish. Schneeberger

totaled 233 at the event to share the 21st slot.

As a team, Tennessee fired a 295 on the final day, which ties the Lady Vol

record for the lowest team round at the SEC tournament, and was the

second-lowest one-day total this season.

UT improved each day, shooting 306, 304 and 295 for 905. The team's

second-place finish also ties for the team's best-ever finish at the SECs.

Tennessee previously took home second place in 1993 during the team's

inaugural season.

The squad will now take two weeks off before traveling to Blythewood, S.C.,

for the NCAA East Regional Championships, hosted by South Carolina. The

tournament will run May 6-8 at the University Club.