The Lady Vol golf team had a weekend they are not likely to forget.
Not only did the Lady Vols win the 2005 Cougar Classic by two strokes over fourth-ranked Georgia, but sophomore Marci Turner won the individual crown by firing a 5-under-par 67 in the final round on Monday and finished with a three-day total of 212. Turner’s final round tied the record for lowest round in the program’s history.
Turner recorded six birdies on the final day, with a bogey on No. 6 being the only blemish on her scorecard. Her three-day total is the lowest by a Tennessee sophomore and ties her for the fourth-lowest score in the history of the program.
“I am very happy for Marci earning her first win,” Tennessee coach Judi Pavon said. “Her game is in great shape and she was very cool under pressure.”
Turner was not the only player that had a successful tournament for Pavon.
Violeta Retamoza, who was named the 2005 SEC Player of the Year and is ranked third nationally, finished with a 54-hole total of 218 and tied for sixth overall.
Freshman Nicole Smith finished the tournament with a share of ninth place with total of 219. The three-day total tied Smith for the ninth-best finish by a first year Lady Vol player.
“Nicole had a great first tournament,” Pavon said. “She is only going to get better in the future.”
Senior Golda Johansson fired a final-round 73 to earn a share of 15th place.
Four of the five Tennessee golfers finished among the top 15 in the tournament.
“I am so proud of the team and am thrilled that we came away with the win,” Pavon said. “We played great golf, and it came down to the last holes, which we expected.”
The Lady Vols will now have three weeks off before competing in the Lady Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 7-9.