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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

1 Pepperdine 288-287-284=859 -17
2 New Mexico 294-286-286=866 -10
T3 UNLV 291-292-300=883 +7
T3 TCU 291-291-301=883 +7
5 Oregon 297-293-295=885 +9
6 UC Davis 302-295-290=887 +11
7 Northwestern 297-294-297=888 +12
8 Indiana 297-206-301=894 +18
9 UC Irvine 304-294-300=898 +22
10 Colorado 310-296-297=903 +27
11 Texas A&M 303-303-298=904 +28
12 San Diego State 300-301-304=905 +29
13 ARKANSAS 300-303-305=908 +32
14 San Francisco 295-311-304=910 +34
15 Oklahoma 306-303-305=914 +38
16 Colorado State 304-304-307=915 +39
17 Texas El Paso 308-301-308=917 +41
18 Wyoming 306-312-316=934 +58
Arkansas Individuals
T17 Kelli Shean 75-70-76=221 +2
T54 Kristin Ingram 79-77-73=229 +10
T62 Tiffany Phelps 78-76-77=231 +12
T62 Alexandrea Schulte 72-80-79=231 +12
T76 Corinna Rees 75-80-79=234 +15

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

1 Tulsa 309-302-290=901 +37
2 ARKANSAS 308-305-291=904 +40
3 Kansas State 329-313-305=947 +83
4 Illinois State 329-309-310=948 +84
5 Wichita State 322-323-307=952 +88
6 Kansas 324-325-305=954 +90
7 Kansas State B 337-319-304=960 +96
8 Oral Roberts 346-314-307=967 +103
9 St. John’s 362-316-304=972 +108
10 Creighton 339-330-311=980 +116
11 Northern Iowa 347-326-309=982 +118
12 UMKC 353-337-314=1004 +140
13 Houston Baptist 368-339-333=1040 +176
Arkansas Individuals
1 Kelli Shean 74-68-67=209 -7
T4 Kristin Ingram 79-75-75=229 +13
T10 Alexandrea Schulte 78-77-77=232 +16
T14 Katy Nugent 77-85-72=234 +18
Tiffany Phelps W (Illness)
T7 Corinna Rees (I) 79-77-75=231 +15

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

1 18 Tennessee 283-291-294=868 +4
2 22 Louisville 296-286-305=887 +23
3 24 South Carolina 302-290-297=889 +25
4 43 Kent State 296-300-301=897 +33
5 19 Wake Forest 312-298-289=899 +35
6 36 TCU 314-295-291=900 +36
7 12 Florida 304-295-303=902 +38
8 17 Chattanooga 300-302-305=907 +43
9 50 Notre Dame 306-300-302=908 +44
10 Mississippi 309-296-304=909 +45
T11 North Carolina St. 302-307-301=910 +46
T11 7 LSU 306-301-303=910 +46
13 20 Tulane 304-307-302=913 +49
14 ARKANSAS 304-309-307=920 +56
15 9 Ohio State 306-313-302=921 +57
16 32 Furman 310-306-312=928 +64
17 Kentucky 322-309-306=937 +73
18 UTSA 309-318-321=948 +84
Arkansas Individuals
T20 Kelli Shean 73-75-76=224 +8
T55 Katy Nugent 76-78-77=231 +15
T62 Alex Schulte 76-80-77=233 +17
T66 Kristin Ingram 79-78-77=234 +18
T80 Victoria Vela 79-78-81=238 +22
T29 Corinna Rees (I) 77-73-77=227 +11

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

1 Arizona 284-294-300=878 +14
2 Florida 289-297-297=883 +19
3 Louisville 283-304-299=886 +22
4 UC Davis 284-298-307=889 +25
5 ARKANSAS 291-302-303=896 +32
6 Washington 287-292-320=899 +35
7 TCU 293-303-304=900 +36
9 Kent State 285-305-311=901 +37
10 UNLV 296-310-305=911 +37
11 Colorado State 288-310-314=912 +47
12 Texas Tech 300-307-305=912 +48
13 Northwestern 299-304-310=913 +48
14 Colorado 291-316-309=916 +49
15 Minnesota 299-310-307=916 +52
16 Missouri 296-314-315=925 +61
17 BYU 303-314-311=928 +64
18 UNLV B No scores counted by Golfstat
Arkansas Individuals
3 Kelli Shean 67-74-72=213 -3
T22 Katy Nugent 78-72-75=225 +9
T36 Kristin Ingram 72-78-78=228 +12
T57 Alex Schulte 74-78-80=232 +16
T69 Corinna Rees 79-78-78=235 +19

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

1 18 Florida 290-281-286=857 -7
2 34 TCU 295-296-295=886 +22
3 4 Purdue 295-303-291=889 +25
4 10 Michigan State 294-313-288=895 +31
5 12 LSU 295-303-300=898 +34
25 Ohio State 302-303-392=898 +34
23 Texas A&M 295-308-295=898 +34
8 45 ARKANSAS 303-293-304=900 +36
9 31 Kent State 306-299-299=904 +40
10 41 Texas 304-302-300=906 +42
11 22 South Carolina 301-309-305=915 +51
38 Northwestern 302-310-303=915 +51
13 Missouri 306-309-304=919 +55
14 42 Notre Dame 310-308-303=921 +57
15 Michigan 320-299-304=923 +59
Arkansas Individuals
3 Kelli Shean 71-69-76=216 E
T35 Kristin Ingram 78-76-74=228 +12
T44 Alex Schulte 76-76-78=230 +14
T44 Victoria Vela 79-72-79=230 +14
56 Corinna Rees 78-78-76=232 +16

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

1 35 Tulane 293-296-300=889 +13
2 27 Ohio State 302-292-302=896 +20
3 14 Tennessee 299-298-304=901 +25
T4 12 Georgia 302-296-305=903 +27
T4 19 Vanderbilt 300-302-301=903 +27
6 15 Virginia 302-305-301=908 +32
T7 16 Florida 295-309-309=913 +37
T7 Mississippi 307-299-307=913 +37
9 20 LSU 299-308-308=915 +39
10 30 Florida State 307-302-307=916 +40
11 26 South Carolina 304-308-307=919 +43
12 32 Kent State 307-303-311=921 +45
13 41 ARKANSAS 308-313-305=926 +50
14 31 North Carolina 318-318-309=945 +69
T15 29 Chattanooga 322-311-320=953 +77
T15 Kentucky 313-322-318=953 +77
17 Kennesaw St. 315-323-321=959 +83
18 Mississippi St. 323-321-320=964 +88
Arkansas Individuals
T7 Kelli Shean 74-76-72=222 +3
T32 Victoria Vela 77-76-76=229 +10
T64 Corinna Rees 80-81-78=239 +20
T64 Meagan Roberts 77-83-79=239 +20
T81 Kristin Ingram 83-80-84=247 +28

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

1 Auburn 305-296-288=889 +25
2 TCU 305-298-293=896 +32
3 Alabama 293-314-290=897 +33
4 LSU 294-307-300=901 +37
5 Virginia 296-315-291=902 +38
6 Tennessee 305-311-289=905 +41
7 Georgia 307-313-286=906 +42
8 North Carolina 302-312-295=909 +45
9 Wake Forest 314-315-283=912 +48
10 Mississippi 300-321-296=917 +53
11 Vanderbilt 303-325-291=919 +55
12 ARKANSAS 314-316-293=923 +59
13 Notre Dame 310-314-300=924 +60
14 Purdue 303-327-296=926 +62
15 NC State 306-319-302=927 +63
T16 Furman 305-334-293=932 +68
T16 Tulane 305-327-300=932 +68
18 Louisville 313-317-304=934 +70
19 Charleston 313-318-304=935 +71
20 Kentucky 308-326-312=946 +82
21 UNC- Wilmington 322-324-314=960 +96
22 UCF 321-325-315=961 +97
23 Mississippi St. 320-331-318=969 +105
Arkansas Individuals
T24 Victoria Vela 77-81-69=227 +11
T31 Kelli Shean 78-75-75=228 +12
T64 Corinna Rees 79-80-77=236 +20
T74 Tiffany Phelps 85-80-72=237 +21
T86 Kristin Ingram 80-82=78=240 +24

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

1 Duke 300 – 300-289=889 +25
2 Alabama 316-302-292=910 +46
3 ARKANSAS 312-303-297=912 +48
T4 Auburn 310-299-306=915 +51
T4 Purdue 310-315-290=915 +51
6 Wake Forest 316-304-301=921 +57
T7 Michigan State 314-307-307=928 +64
T7 North Carolina 310-304-314=928 +64
9 Denver 321-312-296=929 +65
10 Ohio State 315-311-305=931 +67
T11 South Carolina 324-309-299=932 +68
T11 Virginia 320-311-301=932 +68
13 Georgia State 322-305-306=933 +69
14 Georgia 321-311-302=934 +70
15 Tulane 319-315-303=937 +73
16 Tennessee 318-319-301=938 +74
17 Kent State 320-309-310=939 +75
18 Florida 314-322-308=944 +80
19 Furman 323-319-309=951 +87
20 Mississippi 327-315-310=952 +88
21 UCF 330-327-317=974 +110
22 Mississippi St. 342-333-315=990 +126
Arkansas Individuals
5 Kelli Shean 78-72-74=224 +8
T13 Kristin Ingram 79-74-74=117 +11
T20 Victoria Vela 79-78-72=229 +13
T53 Corinna Rees 76-83-77=236 +20
T61 Tiffany Phelps 82-79-77=238 +22

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

1 Florida State 291-288-294=873 +9
2 Wake Forest 289-291-294=874 +10
T3 Duke 293-300-293=886 +22
T3 Ohio State 292-300-294=886 +22
T3 Vanderbilt 291-304-291=886 +22
T6 North Carolina 301-297-290=888 +24
T6 Tennessee 287-305-296=888 +24
8 LSU 306-295-289=890 +26
9 South Carolina 294-302-297=893 +29
10 Northwestern 309-298-288=895 +31
11 Virginia 304-306-289=899 +35
12 Auburn 303-297-300=900 +36
13 ARKANSAS 306-300-297=903 +39
14 Louisville 308-298-302=908 +44
15 Charleston 302-309-303=914 +50
16 N. Car.-Greensboro 306-301-317=924 +60
17 N State 316-316-309=941 +77
18 N. Car.-Wilmington 317-314-311=942 +78
Arkansas Individuals
T14 Kelli Shean 72-77-27=221 +5
T26 Kristin Ingram 78-68-77=223 +7
T54 Victoria Vela 78-77-74=229 +13
T67 Corinna Rees 80-78-75=233 +17
T84 Tiffany Phelps 78-84-76=238 +22

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

1 Alabama 287-278-283=848 -4
2 Vanderbilt 284-281-287=852 E
3 ARKANSAS 280-288-291=859 +7
4 Georgia 280-291-289=860 +8
5 Auburn 289-288-284=861 +9
6 LSU 284-290-292=866 +14
7 South Carolina 289-290-288=867 +15
8 Mississippi 284-298-294=876 +24
9 Tennessee 298-291-288=877 +25
10 Florida 298-300-291-889 +37
11 Kentucky 302-296-308=906 +54
12 Mississippi St. 309-301-315=925 +73
Arkansas Individuals
4 Kelli Shean 69-71-70=210 -3
T10 Kristin Ingram 71-72-70=213 E
T24 Victoria Vela 70-73-76=219 +6
T28 Alex Schulte 70-72-78=220 +7
T31 Tiffany Phelps 74-73-75=222 +9

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

1 7 Arizona 291-294-291=876 +24
2 1 UCLA 292-296-297=885 +33
T3 32 Texas 293-304-293=890 +38
T3 6 Alabama 295-300-295=890 +38
5 13 Virginia 291-305-298=894 +42
6 17 Stanford 297-304-294=895 +43
7 45 San Jose State 303-299-298=900 +48
8 25 Texas A&M 299-302-302=903 +51
9 20 LSU 302-295-307=904 +52
10 Iowa State 302-297-309=908 +56
11 24 California 292-305-312=909 +57
12 12 Ohio State 296-307-307=910 +58
13 35 ARKANSAS 308-299-304=911 +59
14 Colorado State 304-302-306=912 +60
15 30 UC Davis 308-307-298=913 +61
16 36 UNLV 295-306-317=918 +66
17 39 UC Irvine 302-313-312=927 +75
18 Maryland 316-306-306=928 +76
19 Idaho 312-314-312=938 +86
20 Portland State 309-317-316=942 +90
21 41 San Francisco 312-325-309=946 +94
22 Texas State 317-323-308=948 +96
23 Oral Roberts 319-318-318=955 +103
24 Pennsylvania 329-323-325=977 +125
Arkansas Individuals
T38 Victoria Vela 77-77-73=227 +14
T38 Alex Schulte 78-72-77=227 +14
T56 Kelli Shean 73-80-77=230 +17
T72 Tiffany Phelps 80-76-77-233 +20
T85 Kristin Ingram 83-74-79=236 +23


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