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2009-10 Season Review

BY ANDRES FOCIL
2009-10 Season Review

2009-10 ReviewThe University of Arkansas reached a milestone last year putting the finishing touches on the 15th season of women’s golf. In that 15-season period, Arkansas has a lot to brag about. The list of accomplishments includes the 2007 NCAA Individual title, three NCAA Championship team appearances, nine NCAA Regional appearances, two Southeastern Conference individual titles, six All-Americans and 10 All-SEC award winners. In addition, the Razorbacks have had five players try their hand on the professional tours and earned numerous team and individual academic honors.

Last season ended with the program’s ninth NCAA Regional appearance where the Razorbacks just missed advancing to the NCAA Championships. A tough first day forced Arkansas to play catch-up with a very talented field. Although they did not move on, Arkansas has some great things to look back on and a host of things to build on for 2010-11.

Shean earns All-AmericaJunior Kelli Shean earned selection to the 2010 National Golf Coaches Association All-America second team in May.

"When Kelli and I sat down at the beginning of the year, becoming an All-American was one of her main goals," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "Her game has grown so much over the past three years and it is great to see her hard work pay off. She has become a complete player. I am very proud of Kelli and as I broke the news to her late last night, I reminded her to dream big because the sky is the limit. I am looking forward to her senior year because now she knows what it takes and will be even more driven for her final year."

Shean, a junior from Cape Town, South Africa, enjoyed her best season as a Razorback with a 73.27 average. She led Arkansas in nine of 11 tournaments and picked up her first collegiate win shooting a career-best 209 at the Marilyn Smith Sunflower Invitational in the fall.

She paced Arkansas to a top 40 ranking all season and the Razorbacks finished the regular season receiving votes in the coaches’ poll and at No. 34 in the Golfstat.com poll.

Shean is the third NGCA All-American and represents the sixth selection for the Razorbacks. She joins four-time All-American Stacy Lewis and honorable mention selection Amanda McCurdy as the Razorbacks’ selection to the team.

SEC honors for the RazorbacksJunior Kelli Shean also picked up her first conference honor earning selection to the 2010 SEC First Team.

Although Shean has been a solid competitor and consistent contributor in her first two seasons, she has emerged as a team leader on and off the course as a junior. She led the team with a career-best 72.90 stroke average and ranked sixth in the SEC heading into the postseason.

Shean captured her first collegiate win in the second event of the year with a career-best 209 at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. Her rounds of 74-68-67 put her in the clubhouse with a seven-under 209. Her third round 67 is a career-best and is one shy of the school record for a single round.

Shean has been the Razorbacks best finisher in nine of 10 events this year and all of her scores have counted towards the team total. Shean has seven top 20 and six top 10 finishes. In addition, her fourth-place finish at the SEC Championship is a personal best.

Senior Tiffany Phelps was also recognized by the SEC with selection to the Community Service Team.

Phelps, a McKinney, Texas, native enjoyed her most successful season on the golf course and continued in a tradition of community service she began in her first year on campus.

"Tiffany has done a really good job all around this year," said Estes-Taylor. "She has worked hard in the classroom, hard on the golf course and still takes the time to give back to the community. I really value community service and I stress that to the team and Tiffany is just one of those people who reaches out and does it on her own. She is very deserving of this award."

Phelps has been involved in several community service projects including Sweat Hawgs, helping elementary students become more active through activity classes and contests in the Fayetteville area; First Tee working with boys and girls to develop life skills through golf; Book Hawgs where she works with area elementary students to encourage reading and classroom participation; Lift Up America canned food drive; Raising money for the Haiti relief effort and she is a volunteer at Camp Sweeney working with children who have diabetes.

In addition to her service projects, Phelps is a 3.77 student in financial management and investment at Arkansas.

She has elevated her golf game as a senior as well. Phelps had a career-best 77.73 stroke average and traveled to a career-high six events, including the last five tournaments. Phelps carded her career-best finish at the 2010 SEC Championship where she posted her career-low round of 222 for the three-day event.

Phelps is the seventh Razorback selected to the SEC Community Service team since the award’s inception for the 2003-04 season. Other Arkansas honorees include Melissa Murray (2003-04), Lina Axelsson (2004-05), Courtney Mahon (2005-06), Stacy Lewis (2006-07 and 2007-08) and Lucy Nunn (2008-09).

In the classroomCorinna Rees, Tiffany Phelps and Victoria Vela earned selection to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team in 2010.

The trio were among the nearly 500 women’s golf student-athletes selected and are the seventh, eighth and ninth honorees from the University of Arkansas.

"I’m so proud of Tiffany, Corinna and Victoria for their commitment to accomplishing their goal of becoming an academic All-American," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "I stress student first and athlete second. Our team does a great job in the classroom and it’s these young ladies that lead that effort. We work hard to perform on and off the golf course and I appreciate Corinna, Tiffany and Victoria’s determination to make this goal come true."

The criteria for selection to the NGCA All-American Scholar team include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50. Student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds in the season.

Rees is a political science and criminal justice major, Phelps is a two-time selection and is majoring in finance and Vela, a freshman on this year’s team, is a general business major at Arkansas.

Arkansas’ previous selections include MacKenzie Cato (1997), Gena Johnson (2005), Stacy Lewis (2005, 2006, 2007) and Phelps (2008).

On the linksArkansas took part in 11 events in 2009-10 with five top 10 finishes. The Razorbacks finished second at the Marilyn Smith Sunflower Invitational despite playing one down as illness struck the team. Kelli Shean picked up her first collegiate win with a career-best seven-under 209.

Arkansas was fifth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, an event they return to this year, and the Razorbacks were eighth at the Central District Invitational.

The Spring saw Arkansas capture two third-place finishes first at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and then at the SEC Championships.

BRANCH LAW FIRM/DICK MCGUIRE INVITATIONALAlbuquerque, N.M./UNM Championship CourseSept.19-20, 2009Par 73, 6,157 Yards

1Pepperdine288-287-284=859-17
2New Mexico294-286-286=866-10
T3UNLV291-292-300=883+7
T3TCU291-291-301=883+7
5Oregon297-293-295=885+9
6UC Davis302-295-290=887+11
7Northwestern297-294-297=888+12
8Indiana297-206-301=894+18
9UC Irvine304-294-300=898+22
10Colorado310-296-297=903+27
11Texas A&M303-303-298=904+28
12San Diego State300-301-304=905+29
13ARKANSAS300-303-305=908+32
14San Francisco295-311-304=910+34
15Oklahoma306-303-305=914+38
16Colorado State304-304-307=915+39
17Texas El Paso308-301-308=917+41
18Wyoming306-312-316=934+58
Arkansas Individuals
T17Kelli Shean75-70-76=221+2
T54Kristin Ingram79-77-73=229+10
T62Tiffany Phelps78-76-77=231+12
T62Alexandrea Schulte72-80-79=231+12
T76Corinna Rees75-80-79=234+15

MARILYNN SMITH SUNFLOWER INVITATIONALManhattan, Kansas/Colbert Hills CourseSept. 28-29, 2009Par 72

1Tulsa309-302-290=901+37
2ARKANSAS308-305-291=904+40
3Kansas State329-313-305=947+83
4Illinois State329-309-310=948+84
5Wichita State322-323-307=952+88
6Kansas324-325-305=954+90
7Kansas State B337-319-304=960+96
8Oral Roberts346-314-307=967+103
9St. John’s362-316-304=972+108
10Creighton339-330-311=980+116
11Northern Iowa347-326-309=982+118
12UMKC353-337-314=1004+140
13Houston Baptist368-339-333=1040+176
Arkansas Individuals
1Kelli Shean74-68-67=209-7
T4Kristin Ingram79-75-75=229+13
T10Alexandrea Schulte78-77-77=232+16
T14Katy Nugent77-85-72=234+18
Tiffany PhelpsW (Illness)
T7Corinna Rees (I)79-77-75=231+15

MERCEDES BENZ COLLEGIATE CLASSICKnoxville, Tenn./Fox Den Country ClubOct. 14-16, 2009Par 72, 6,317 yards

118 Tennessee283-291-294=868+4
222 Louisville296-286-305=887+23
324 South Carolina302-290-297=889+25
443 Kent State296-300-301=897+33
519 Wake Forest312-298-289=899+35
636 TCU314-295-291=900+36
712 Florida304-295-303=902+38
817 Chattanooga300-302-305=907+43
950 Notre Dame306-300-302=908+44
10Mississippi309-296-304=909+45
T11North Carolina St.302-307-301=910+46
T117 LSU306-301-303=910+46
1320 Tulane304-307-302=913+49
14ARKANSAS304-309-307=920+56
159 Ohio State306-313-302=921+57
1632 Furman310-306-312=928+64
17Kentucky322-309-306=937+73
18UTSA309-318-321=948+84
Arkansas Individuals
T20Kelli Shean73-75-76=224+8
T55Katy Nugent76-78-77=231+15
T62Alex Schulte76-80-77=233+17
T66Kristin Ingram79-78-77=234+18
T80Victoria Vela79-78-81=238+22
T29Corinna Rees (I)77-73-77=227+11

LAS VEGAS COLLEGIATE SHOWDOWNBoulder City, Nev./Boulder City Golf CourseOct. 26-28, 2009Par 72, 6,233 yards

1Arizona284-294-300=878+14
2Florida289-297-297=883+19
3Louisville283-304-299=886+22
4UC Davis284-298-307=889+25
5ARKANSAS291-302-303=896+32
6Washington287-292-320=899+35
7TCU293-303-304=900+36
9Kent State285-305-311=901+37
10UNLV296-310-305=911+37
11Colorado State288-310-314=912+47
12Texas Tech300-307-305=912+48
13Northwestern299-304-310=913+48
14Colorado291-316-309=916+49
15Minnesota299-310-307=916+52
16Missouri296-314-315=925+61
17BYU303-314-311=928+64
18UNLV BNo scores counted by Golfstat
Arkansas Individuals
3Kelli Shean67-74-72=213-3
T22Katy Nugent78-72-75=225+9
T36Kristin Ingram72-78-78=228+12
T57Alex Schulte74-78-80=232+16
T69Corinna Rees79-78-78=235+19

CENTRAL DISTRICT INVITATIONALParrish, Fla./River Wilderness Country Club and ResortFeb. 22-23, 2010Par 72, 6,099 yards

118 Florida290-281-286=857-7
234 TCU295-296-295=886+22
34 Purdue295-303-291=889+25
410 Michigan State294-313-288=895+31
512 LSU295-303-300=898+34
25 Ohio State302-303-392=898+34
23 Texas A&M295-308-295=898+34
845 ARKANSAS303-293-304=900+36
931 Kent State306-299-299=904+40
1041 Texas304-302-300=906+42
1122 South Carolina301-309-305=915+51
38 Northwestern302-310-303=915+51
13Missouri306-309-304=919+55
1442 Notre Dame310-308-303=921+57
15Michigan320-299-304=923+59
Arkansas Individuals
3Kelli Shean71-69-76=216E
T35Kristin Ingram78-76-74=228+12
T44Alex Schulte76-76-78=230+14
T44Victoria Vela79-72-79=230+14
56Corinna Rees78-78-76=232+16

KINDERLOU FOREST CHALLENGEValdosta, Ga./Kinderlou Forest Golf CourseMarch 1-2, 2010Par 73, 6,265 yards

135 Tulane293-296-300=889+13
227 Ohio State302-292-302=896+20
314 Tennessee299-298-304=901+25
T412 Georgia302-296-305=903+27
T419 Vanderbilt300-302-301=903+27
615 Virginia302-305-301=908+32
T716 Florida295-309-309=913+37
T7Mississippi307-299-307=913+37
920 LSU299-308-308=915+39
1030 Florida State307-302-307=916+40
1126 South Carolina304-308-307=919+43
1232 Kent State307-303-311=921+45
1341 ARKANSAS308-313-305=926+50
1431 North Carolina318-318-309=945+69
T1529 Chattanooga322-311-320=953+77
T15Kentucky313-322-318=953+77
17Kennesaw St.315-323-321=959+83
18Mississippi St.323-321-320=964+88
Arkansas Individuals
T7Kelli Shean74-76-72=222+3
T32Victoria Vela77-76-76=229+10
T64Corinna Rees80-81-78=239+20
T64Meagan Roberts77-83-79=239+20
T81Kristin Ingram83-80-84=247+28

TIGER/WAVE GOLF CLASSICNew Orleans, La./English Turn Golf and CCMarch 12-14, 2010Par 73, 6,132

1Auburn305-296-288=889+25
2TCU305-298-293=896+32
3Alabama293-314-290=897+33
4LSU294-307-300=901+37
5Virginia296-315-291=902+38
6Tennessee305-311-289=905+41
7Georgia307-313-286=906+42
8North Carolina302-312-295=909+45
9Wake Forest314-315-283=912+48
10Mississippi300-321-296=917+53
11Vanderbilt303-325-291=919+55
12ARKANSAS314-316-293=923+59
13Notre Dame310-314-300=924+60
14Purdue303-327-296=926+62
15NC State306-319-302=927+63
T16Furman305-334-293=932+68
T16Tulane305-327-300=932+68
18Louisville313-317-304=934+70
19Charleston313-318-304=935+71
20Kentucky308-326-312=946+82
21UNC- Wilmington322-324-314=960+96
22UCF321-325-315=961+97
23Mississippi St.320-331-318=969+105
Arkansas Individuals
T24Victoria Vela77-81-69=227+11
T31Kelli Shean78-75-75=228+12
T64Corinna Rees79-80-77=236+20
T74Tiffany Phelps85-80-72=237+21
T86Kristin Ingram80-82=78=240+24

38TH ANNUAL LIZ MURPHEY COLLEGIATE GOLF CLASSICAthens, Ga./UGA Golf CourseMarch 26-28, 2010Par 72, 6335 yards

1Duke300 – 300-289=889+25
2Alabama316-302-292=910+46
3ARKANSAS312-303-297=912+48
T4Auburn310-299-306=915+51
T4Purdue310-315-290=915+51
6Wake Forest316-304-301=921+57
T7Michigan State314-307-307=928+64
T7North Carolina310-304-314=928+64
9Denver321-312-296=929+65
10Ohio State315-311-305=931+67
T11South Carolina324-309-299=932+68
T11Virginia320-311-301=932+68
13Georgia State322-305-306=933+69
14Georgia321-311-302=934+70
15Tulane319-315-303=937+73
16Tennessee318-319-301=938+74
17Kent State320-309-310=939+75
18Florida314-322-308=944+80
19Furman323-319-309=951+87
20Mississippi327-315-310=952+88
21UCF330-327-317=974+110
22Mississippi St.342-333-315=990+126
Arkansas Individuals
5Kelli Shean78-72-74=224+8
T13Kristin Ingram79-74-74=117+11
T20Victoria Vela79-78-72=229+13
T53Corinna Rees76-83-77=236+20
T61Tiffany Phelps82-79-77=238+22

BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATEBrown Summit, N.C./Bryan Park Champions CourseApril 2-4, 2010Par 72, 6,323 yards

1Florida State291-288-294=873+9
2Wake Forest289-291-294=874+10
T3Duke293-300-293=886+22
T3Ohio State292-300-294=886+22
T3Vanderbilt291-304-291=886+22
T6North Carolina301-297-290=888+24
T6Tennessee287-305-296=888+24
8LSU306-295-289=890+26
9South Carolina294-302-297=893+29
10Northwestern309-298-288=895+31
11Virginia304-306-289=899+35
12Auburn303-297-300=900+36
13ARKANSAS306-300-297=903+39
14Louisville308-298-302=908+44
15Charleston302-309-303=914+50
16N. Car.-Greensboro306-301-317=924+60
17N State316-316-309=941+77
18N. Car.-Wilmington317-314-311=942+78
Arkansas Individuals
T14Kelli Shean72-77-27=221+5
T26Kristin Ingram78-68-77=223+7
T54Victoria Vela78-77-74=229+13
T67Corinna Rees80-78-75=233+17
T84Tiffany Phelps78-84-76=238+22

2010 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPTuscaloosa, Ala./NorthRiver Yacht ClubApril 16-18, 2010Par 71, 6,057 yards

1Alabama287-278-283=848-4
2Vanderbilt284-281-287=852E
3ARKANSAS280-288-291=859+7
4Georgia280-291-289=860+8
5Auburn289-288-284=861+9
6LSU284-290-292=866+14
7South Carolina289-290-288=867+15
8Mississippi284-298-294=876+24
9Tennessee298-291-288=877+25
10Florida298-300-291-889+37
11Kentucky302-296-308=906+54
12Mississippi St.309-301-315=925+73
Arkansas Individuals
4Kelli Shean69-71-70=210-3
T10Kristin Ingram71-72-70=213E
T24Victoria Vela70-73-76=219+6
T28Alex Schulte70-72-78=220+7
T31Tiffany Phelps74-73-75=222+9

NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPPalo Alto, Calif./Stanford University Golf CourseMay 6-8, 2010Par 71, 6,115 yards

17 Arizona291-294-291=876+24
21 UCLA292-296-297=885+33
T332 Texas293-304-293=890+38
T36 Alabama295-300-295=890+38
513 Virginia291-305-298=894+42
617 Stanford297-304-294=895+43
745 San Jose State303-299-298=900+48
825 Texas A&M299-302-302=903+51
920 LSU302-295-307=904+52
10Iowa State302-297-309=908+56
1124 California292-305-312=909+57
1212 Ohio State296-307-307=910+58
1335 ARKANSAS308-299-304=911+59
14Colorado State304-302-306=912+60
1530 UC Davis308-307-298=913+61
1636 UNLV295-306-317=918+66
1739 UC Irvine302-313-312=927+75
18Maryland316-306-306=928+76
19Idaho312-314-312=938+86
20Portland State309-317-316=942+90
2141 San Francisco312-325-309=946+94
22Texas State317-323-308=948+96
23Oral Roberts319-318-318=955+103
24Pennsylvania329-323-325=977+125
Arkansas Individuals
T38Victoria Vela77-77-73=227+14
T38Alex Schulte78-72-77=227+14
T56Kelli Shean73-80-77=230+17
T72Tiffany Phelps80-76-77-233+20
T85Kristin Ingram83-74-79=236+23


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