The 1999 Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championship golf tournament gets
underway this week at the Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club in
Knoxville. Hosted by Tennessee, the event will showcase 18 of the top
collegiate women's golf teams from around the country. Tee times are at
8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday off the first and 10th holes and an 8:30
a.m. shotgun start will begin Sunday's play.
"This tournament is going to provide an excellent week of golf," Lady Vol
Head Coach Lori Brock said. "The support of all of our sponsors and of the
community always help make the one of the best tournaments. We have many of
the top 25 teams coming, and all of them can really play. The course is in
great shape and should really give the players a good challenge."
The event in entering its third year and will once again feature several of
the nation's top-ranked teams. Ten of the top 25 squads in the most recent
MasterCard rankings will hit the par 72, 5,985-yard Gettysvue layout. Among
them are Alabama, No. 11 Auburn, No. 1 Duke, No. 24 Florida, No. 21 Furman,
no. 6 Georgia, No. 8 LSU. Memphis, Mississippi, North Carolina, No. 18 Ohio
State, Purdue, No. 19 San Jose State, No. 17 South Carolina, the Swedish
National team, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest, along with the host team, No.
15 Tennessee. In addition, 15 of the teams are among the top 50 in the
Tennessee will send five individuals out onto the hilly course. Sophomores
Young-A Yang and Tina Schneeberger, and freshmen Erin Simmons and Rosanna
Zernatto will all be playing in their third tournament on the season. Yang
posted top-five finishes in the team's first two events, including
third-place at last weekend's Tar Heel Invitational. Schneeberger also
posted a strong performance in North Carolina, ending tied fourth in her
best collegiate finish. Senior Stacey Bergman will round out the Lady Vol
lineup in her return to competitive golf. After undergoing surgery over the
summer, she sat out the first two events of the season.
"We are more prepared for Gettysvue than past years," Brock said. "This
course is like none other that we play in collegiate golf. It is very
demanding, both mentally and physically. I think the lineup we have for the
weekend will work well with the course and the competition. We are all very
confident, starting the season with two strong performances and we're
looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd."
UT, Knoxville host women's golf tourney
Published: Thu Oct 14, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:00 p.m.