A little less than a month after her collegiate career ended, former Lady Vol golfer Tina Schneeberger qualified for the 2002 U.S. Women's Open on Monday at the Country Club at Heathrow in Heathrow, Fla.
Schneeberger fired a 1-under 71 during the first 18 and then followed up with a 76 to finish third among the 52 participants with a 146. The Austria native advances to the Open, which will be played July 4-7 in Hutchinson, Kan.
The three-time academic All-American becomes the second Lady Vol to qualify for the U.S. Open, as Skyli Yamada (1994-98) accomplished the same feat prior to her freshman year. Yamada failed to make the cut after a two-day score of 154 (74-80).
Schneeberger finished her career as one of UT's most decorated golfers. Over her four years playing for the Lady Vols, she recorded 17 rounds of par or better (seven this past year), finished among the top 10 13 times (five in 2001-02), recorded the first-ever hole-in-one at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championships (2000), captured her first collegiate title (2001 Green Wave Women's Classic) and carded the second-lowest total in school history with a 212 at the 2002 Arizona Wildcat. In addition, she tied for fifth at the 2002 SEC Championships with a 1-under 215.
Former Lady Vol Young A-Yang was also action in Heathrow but failed to advance after recording an 82 and then withdrawing.
Skinns named top freshman in the country
University of Tennessee golfer David Skinns received the 2002 Softspikes Freshman of the Year award for being the top freshman golfer in the nation. He was also voted to the PING All-America Second Team.
Skinns, a native of Lincoln, England, competed in 10 tournaments for the Vols this past season, finishing in the top 10 in six of them.
He also claimed his first collegiate individual championship at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational by turning in scores of 66-67-70--203. His score of 203 broke the tournament record for lowest three-round score for an individual. Skinns also finished second at the Rice Intercollegiate and Seminole Intercollegiate.
This marks the first time in UT golf history that a Vol has been named the freshman of the year, and the first time a Vol was chosen to an All America team since Mike Sposa was named a third team selection in 1991.
Time announced for gridiron opener
The UT football opener against Wyoming on Aug. 31 in Nashville's Adelphia Colisseum will kick off at 5:30 p.m. (EDT). The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.
Diamond Vol Terrell drafted by Jays
The only active University of Tennessee player selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was junior pitcher Jeffrey Terrell.
Terrell was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, whose AA minor league affiliate resides in Sevierville, in the 31st round on the 50-round draft.