Tennessee’s women’s golf team did not play the way it hoped for in its second tournament appearance this season.
The Lady Volunteers finished 17th in the Fall Preview in Nashville, Tenn. The tournament brought 14 of the ranked pre-season teams. UCLA won the tournament shooting a nine-over-par score of 873.
As a team, UT was not able to shoot a single round under par for the tournament.
One of the main factors for the Lady Vols was the withdrawal of Erica Popson from the tournament. Popson has been dealing with a hand injury since the season started and could not finish the tournament after shooting a 75 on Friday.
The team finished off Friday shooting a combined 303. Sara Monberg led the day with a two-over-par 74, while Chessey Thomas fired a three-over-par 75. A.J. Newell finished seven over 79.
“The course was really wet today, which made it a lot longer than we usually play,” junior Sara Monberg said on Friday. “Also the greens are new, so they are really firm and it’s really hard to hit them close to make birdies.”
With Popson out for the rest of the tournament, the Lady Vols knew they would not have a fifth score to take from, so every shot mattered for the rest of the tournament.
“We knew we were going to have to play without Erica for the rest of the tournament Friday night,” Monberg said. “Her hand has been bothering her all season, and with the long, wet course, it didn’t get any better.”
 Day two was a mixed bag of emotions for UT. With its best player on the sidelines, someone had to step up for the team. Chessay Thomas and Kaitlyn Rohrback were the answers. Both shot a two-over-par 74 for the day. Rohrback, after shooting 11-over-par the day before, subtracted nine shots off her score to play a factor in the tournament. Monberg fired a 79, while Newell finished with an 81.
Coming into the final day, the Lady Vols were hoping for a good round to try to take away something positive from the tournament. Monberg and Newell both shot 76 to finish out the tournament. Newell finished her performance at 236. Thomas carded an 80 to bring her week total to 229 along with Monberg. While Rohrback finished out the weekend with an 81 and 238 overall.
 “We will have a week and a half before our next tournament,” coach Judi Pavón said. “So we are going to get some hard work in and hopefully get everybody healthy.”
The Lady Vols returns to action Oct. 7-9 at the UNC Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.