Lady golfers win tourney

The No. 10 Lady Vol golf squad captured its third title of the season -- the most in a campaign in program history -- with a one-shot victory over home-standing Purdue in the Lady Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

''We feel great about the record.'' Head Coach Judi Pavon said. ''This was an important tournament for us. We feel great about three victories, but we'd like to get three more this season.''

The Big Orange hammered out a three-day 904 (298-307-299) to outlast a final-day charge by the Boilermakers, who carded a final-round 297 to pull within one shot of UT. The conquest also moved the Orange and White into the 100 head-to-head win plateau as Tennessee is now 104-27-1 (.788) this season.

Individually, Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) took third place with a 222 (72-76-74) and extended her Top-15 streak to nine tournaments. The sophomore could not hold off South Carolina's two-time reigning Southeastern Conference champion Kristy McPherson's 218 (70-78-70) that captured the Gamecock a medal as an individual.

Junior Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) carded a 224 (73-77-74) to tie for fifth place. Perry's previous best was a seventh-place closing at the Lady Gator this season.

Freshman Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) stayed to form as she made a final-round run at the title as she moved up to seventh place with a 225 (76-76-73), up from Saturday's 11th-place tie, while fellow classmate Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) tied for 30th-place with a 235 (77-78-80).

Junior Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) was the keystone to the Lady Vol victory with a final day 78. Without the third-round score, the Big Orange would have counted Johansson's 80 and slipped to second place. Overall, Fernandez tied for 42nd-place with a 240 (83-79-78).


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