University of Tennessee golfer Young-A Yang is ranked No. 7 in the first

spring edition of the Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings released on

Wednesday.

As a team, Tennessee dropped to 24th on the list after concluding play at

the 17th. Two additional Lady Vols also made the top 100: senior Jessica

Lindbergh is 48th and junior Stacy Bergman is 83rd.

Yang, a freshman from Tae-Gu City, South Korea, currently holds the lowest

stroke average on the Lady Vol squad at 74.00 and has posted four top 10

finishes this season. She recently finished in eighth place at the Arizona

Wildcat Invitational, posting the second-lowest individual total in Lady

Vol history at 214.

She also shot a career-low round of 70 on the third day of the tournament.

Yang had completed fall play tied for 23rd in the rankings, with her

career-best finish coming at the Golf World Invitational, where she

placed fifth.

Another freshman, Stacy Prammanasudh of Tulsa, moved into the top spot as

the No. 1-ranked women's individual. Prammanasudh won the Tennessee-hosted

Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships in the fall.

Arizona took over the top team slot, while Duke moved down to second.

Georgia rounded out the new top three.

Late NCAA bid for relay team

Tennessee's women's distance medley relay team has had to make some

unexpected travel plans.

The quartet of Maureen Ferris, Lesly Love, Janelle Briggs and Sharon Dickie

will be heading to Indianapolis, In., for the NCAA Indoor Championships

after all.

The foursome, which wasn't included on Monday's qualifiers list, apparently

was the beneficiary of another team's bad fortune and learned late Tuesday

night that they would be making the trip to the RCA Dome for Friday and

Saturday's meet.

An injury to a competitor from the University of Oregon led to that team's

withdrawal, and now first-timer Ferris will be competing in two events this

weekend. She was already slated to run the mile, while Tracy Carrington

(pole vault) and Kelli White (60- and 200-meter dashes), fellow senior

captains, were already announced as competitors in their respective

disciplines.

Briggs and Love will be making their second trips to the indoor meet, while

Dickie is making her first.

"We're really pleased to get the opportunity to compete at the NCAA's," UT

assistant coach Brenda Webb said. "It's a relay team that can place very

well. This will be the first time they've run when they were rested, so we

are anxious to see what they can do."

This particular distance medley relay combination posted the third-fastest

time in school history over the weekend, circling the banked track at the

Georgia Dome to place fourth in 11:31.80 at the USA Track and Field Indoor

Championships in Atlanta.