Lady golfers shine in qualifying

The Lady Vol women's golf program moved into the summer amateur event phase successfully as three current orange-clad linksters advanced to the U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifying round with solid performances at the Standard Golf Course in Atlanta, Ga., on May 14, while a trio of former UT golfers also qualified for sectionals in other local events.

Teesha Ash (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) and Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) will compete in the next round of play after posting sub-76 scores at the Standard. Ash fired a 72 to tie for sixth-place, while Retamoza and Perry tied for 13th-place with matching 74s.

As for the UT alums, Caroline Cole (Mansfield, Texas) also qualified in Atlanta with a 19th-place tying 75. Young-A Yang (Tae-Gu City, South Korea) secured a berth in the sectional qualifying round with a 77 to tie for 16th-place at the Woodside Plantation Course in Aiken, S.C., on May 12, while Stacey Bergman (Fort Dodge, Iowa) tied for fifth-place with a 79 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 14.

The U.S. Women's Open Local Qualifying Round is the first step en route to playing in the prestigious event for aspiring golfers. Upon moving through the initial round, competitors advance to the Sectional Qualifying Round before making the cut to participate in the Open, which will be held this year at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains, Ore., over July 3-6.

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