RAZORBACKS TIE FOR 13th University of Arkansas senior Victoria Vela wrapped up her Razorback women’s golf career pacing her fifth-ranked team to a tie for 13th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga. Challenging conditions met the Razorbacks out of the gates in the final round with swirling winds that gusted to 20-plus miles per hour. The temperatures crept up and the greens got faster as the round wore on. Arkansas finished the day with a 309 and had rounds of 296-293-302-309 for 1200 overall. Vela was plus-four in the final round leading the team and paced Arkansas for the event, shooting 298 with rounds of 74-71-77-76. Vela finished the tournament tied for 37th overall. Emily Tubert shot 301carding rounds of 75-73-74-79 and freshman Gabriela Lopez shot 74-76-75-77 for 302. Junior Emma Lavy posted 73-78-76-80 for 307 while freshman Regina Plasencia also shot 307 with rounds of 77-73-80-77. Tubert tied for 50th overall and Lopez tied for 58th. Lavy and Plasencia tied for 85th overall.
RAZORBACKS ADVANCE OUT OF EAST REGIONAL The fifth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team tied for third place at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship qualifying for the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., May 21-24. Arkansas finished with a final round 287 to tie for third place with an 864. The tie for third is the program’s best NCAA Regional finish bettering the fourth-place finish two seasons ago. That finish propelled the Razorbacks to the program’s sixth NCAA Championship team appearance in history and the third consecutive for Arkansas. Emma Lavy paced Arkansas and finished tied for 11th overall. The Fayetteville, Ark., native shot 214 with rounds of 67-75-72. Junior Emily Tubert and senior Victoria Vela tied for 18th overall shooting 216. Tubert shaved three strokes off her previous rounds shooting a two-under 70 in the second round to go with her 73-73 from the first two days. Vela posted her best-ever NCAA Regional finish and shot 71-73-72 for her 216. Freshman Gabriela Lopez tied for 26th overall with a 218. Lopez carded 72-73-73 in her first-ever collegiate postseason appearance. Freshman Regina Plasencia tied for 60th overall shooting a 225 with 73-75-77 for the Razorbacks.
RAZORBACKS HAVE NINE TOP 5; SIX TOP THREE FINISHES The Razorback women’s golf team posted nine top five finishes, six top three finishes and won one tournament in the 2012-13 season. The fall season saw the Razorbacks finish third twice and tie for fifth in the three-event season. The Razorbacks opened the spring with back-to-back second place showings at the Puerto Rico Golf Classic and the Westbrook Invitational. In apition, Arkansas had the medalists in both those events with junior Emily Tubert winning in Puerto Rico and freshman Gabriela Lopez picking up the individual title at the Westbrook. The Razorbacks picked up the team title at the LSU Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La., March 24. The Razorbacks were 10-stroke winners and led the event wire-to-wire.
THREE RAZORBACKS EARN ALL-SEC HONORS Emily Tubert, Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasencia earned All-Southeastern Conference honors for the 2012-13 season. Tubert, a junior from Burbank, Calif., earned her third consecutive first-team honor. Lopez, a freshman from Mexico City, Mexico, is an All-SEC Second-Team selection. Lopez and freshman Regina Plasencia were also selected to the SEC’s All-Freshman team. Tubert had two wins under her belt running her career total to five victories with the Razorbacks. She had five top 10 finishes in 10 events and posted a season-low round 70 three times. Tubert is a two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team selection and has twice earned selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Lopez had four top five finishes as a true freshman for the Razorbacks. She picked up her first collegiate win at the Westbrook Invitational shooting a career-best 209 with rounds of 72-70-66. Her final round 66 ties the Arkansas school record for lowest single day score. Lopez and Plasencia were both selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. It is the first time in Razorback program history that Arkansas has had multiple selections. Plasencia, a Guadalajara, Mexico, native, took part in 11 events as a true freshman. She had a career-best score of 219 twice. Plasencia posted a career-low round of 68 on day two of the Ole Waverley Bulldog Invitational.
ADAMS NAMED NATIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR Mike Adams earned National Golf Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year the coaches association announced at an awards banquet following the National Championship. Adams joined the University of Arkansas as the assistant women’s golf coach in August 2007, but his association with current Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor began when he was her coach throughout her junior years, her collegiate career and while she was on tour as a professional player. Since joining the Razorback program, Adams has assisted Arkansas to the top four finishes at the SEC Championship, seven consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and four NCAA Championship appearances including three in a row. He is the second Razorback women’s golf assistant to earn NGCA Assistant Coach of the Year, Estes-Taylor who earned the award in her final season as a Razorback assistant in 2007.
VELA NAMED TO SEC COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM Victoria Vela was selected to the Southeastern Conference’s Community Service Team in 2012-13. Vela was one of 14 student-athletes selected and is the 10th Razorback women’s golfer selected since the award began in 2003-04. Some of Vela’s community service activities this year include volunteering with the Book Hogs Read To Win Program, the Sweat Hawgs Physical Fitness Program, Special Olympics and the Richardson Center Helping the Homeless. Vela participated in Feeding My Starving Children, the SEC Together We CAN Food Drive, the Jingle Bell 5K Run for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lift Up America. The Mansfield, Texas, native is a three-time selection to the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as a member of the Arkansas honor roll every semester of her collegiate career. This season, she paced the No. 5 Razorbacks to a tie for 13th at the NCAA Championship. Vela tied for 37th overall shooting a 298 with a 71 in the second round. She finished the year with a personal best 74.81 stroke average and played in 41 tournaments over her four-year career. Vela graduated in May with a degree in business.