The University of Tennessee women's golf team finished the Franklin Street Trust Tar Heel Invitational in second place behind Duke for the second straight year with a three-round total of 913. The Lady Vols carded a 311 in round three to go along with the consecutive 301s the team recorded in the first two rounds. The 311 was the second-lowest round of the day as Duke owned the lowest round every day, this time with a 309.
For the second time in as many tournaments, junior Tina Schneeberger finished in a tie for fourth place. Schneeberger, who was 1-under on par 3s throughout the weekend, recorded a 224 and was four strokes behind co-medalists Candy Hannemann and Leigh Anne Hardin, both from Duke. Sophomore Erin Simmons recorded her second consecutive top-10 finish with a third round score of 76 to end with a 227 and sit alone in 10th place. Finishing one stroke and one place behind Simmons was junior Young-A Yang who carded an 80 in the final round to have a three-day total of 228. Junior Carrie Cole remained in 23rd place with an 81 on Sunday to end with a 234. Lone senior Anna Umemura shot an 84 for a total of 247. After two rounds of 84s, freshman Tai Perry shot a 77 and finished her first tournament as a Lady Vol with a 245. Unfortunately, first-year head coach Judi Pavon was unable to use Perry's 77 as she was playing as an individual.
The Lady Vols start to the season is the best in school history, matching last season when the team finished third at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational and second in Tar Heel Invite. That team went on to record a program-best fifth place showing at the NCAA Championships.
The team will be back in action this weekend as they play host to the fourth edition of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships at the Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club. This year's Mercedez-Benz features seven teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including top-ranked Duke.