BATON ROUGE, La. — Led by junior Erica Popson’s 2-under 70 score, 14th-ranked Tennessee is tied for the lead after Saturday’s second round at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
The Lady Vols’ fired a one-over 289 total on the second day at the University Club — their lowest round of the spring for a two-day total of 587. The Big Orange shares the lead with host and No. 5 LSU (587). No. 11 North Carolina (601) and No. 6 Vanderbilt (601) are tied for third place after Saturday’s second round.
In her first round under par since returning from surgery, Popson carded four birdies on the back nine in addition to one on the front side en route to her seventh par or better round of the season. She is tied for fourth with Vanderbilt’s Marina Alex at one-over (145).
Tennessee turned in three rounds of 73 from senior Nathalie Mansson, Junior Sara Monberg and freshman AJ Newell. Monberg recorded three birdies and an eagle while Mansson had three birdies on the day. Monberg used her round two performance to move up a slot on the leaderboard, tying for sixth through 36 holes.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Rohrback put up three birdies on the front nine, making the turn two under par, but could not complete the round under par, coming in at +4 on the day.
Tennessee’s individual competitor, Chessey Thomas, shaved three strokes off her day one total with a four-over 76 in round two. She is 11 over on the weekend, tying for 36th place.
“We got off to a great start today,” Lady Vol head coach Judi Pavon said, “which was really fun. This course has a bunch of hard holes, especially 11-15, so I knew it was likely that we would give some back…But it was a very good day for us and nice to see Erica play well again.”