SAN ANTONIO — Fresh off a tournament title at the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships last weekend, the Tennessee women’s golf team will look to make it two in a row, as it wraps up the fall portion of the season at the Alamo Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
The No. 7-ranked Lady Vols will play rounds one and two on Monday and the final round on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,362-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
“After a great weekend at the Mercedes-Benz, we are all ready to get back in action at the Alamo Invitational,” UT head women’s golf coach Judi Pavon said. “Our goal will be to win again to finish off our fall season. We had a couple of days off after two tournaments in a row and then some good practice to get prepared this week.”
Competing for the Big Orange against a 12-team field will be seniors Ginny Brown and Diana Cantú, freshmen Sara Monberg and Erica Popson and sophomore Nathalie Mansson.
Tennessee is the highest-ranked team in a field that includes No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 17 Oklahoma State and is hosted by UTSA.
Mansson won the first tournament of her career at the Tennessee-hosted Mercedes-Benz, outlasting Louisville’s Laura Anderson in a five-hole playoff. Her 3-under 213 total led the Lady Vols to a 19-stroke victory. The Stockholm, Sweden, native was named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week, and the Lady Vols earned Golfweek National Team of the Week honors for their impressive win.
Brown finished third at the tournament by carding a career-best 1-under 215, while Cantú (219) tied for eighth, Monberg (222) finished 13th and Popson (227) placed 29th.
The Lady Vols have placed their top four players in the top 21 at all three tournaments, while placing in the top six at each competition this season.
Tennessee opened the season by placing fourth at the Cougar Classic from Sept. 13 through Sept. 14 before finishing sixth at the Cougar Classic from Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 and winning the Mercedes-Benz last weekend.
The Alamo Invitational holds extra significance for the Lady Vols as former player and assistant coach Carrie Cole is in her second season at the helm of the UTSA program. She competed for UT from 1998-2002 and served as an assistant to Pavon from 2004-2008.
A nearly four-month break awaits the Big Orange after the Alamo Invitational. Tennessee’s next tournament won’t be until Feb. 22, when it opens the spring at the Arizona Wildcat in Tucson, Ariz.