FRANKLIN, Tenn. – There really isn’t much more that the University of Arkansas women’s golf team could have done at the season-opening Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee.
• Tie an NCAA record shooting 41-under for the event.
• Have junior Maria Fassi tie for the win marking the third consecutive year she has opened the season with a victory.
• Have Maria Fassi post a 64 in the final round to rank as the second-best score in Razorback history.
• Have senior Alana Uriell post three rounds in the 60’s for the first time in her career.
That is how it went down on Vanderbilt’s Legends Course this weekend. Arkansas finished shooting 273–277–273—823 paced by Fassi’s 16-under 200 that included a final round 64. The Hidalgo, Mexico, native played the last five holes 5-under with an eagle, her second of the weekend, on No. 15.
Uriell’s third-place finish included rounds of 67–69–68—204 and is the first time in her career she has posted three consecutive scores in the 60’s. She played the final five holes 3-under and finished third overall. Uriell’s day-one 67 is the second-best round score of her career while the final day 68 ties for the third-best single round score for the Carlsbad, California, native.
Newcomer Dylan Kim was solid in all three rounds and finished strong with back-to-back scores in the 60’s. Kim was 5-under on the front side of the course helping Arkansas hold on to the team lead early in the day. She finished tied for fourth in her first event as a Razorback.
NCAA participant Cara Gorlei finished tied for 22 tying her best three-round total with a 213 and junior Kaylee Benton finished tied for 52nd with her best round on the final day. Benton was 2-under in the final four holes.
The Razorbacks led the event wire-to-wire and stretched the team lead to six strokes on the final day. The team title included wins over No. 2 Arizona State and No. 3 Alabama along with several other ranked teams in the field.
• It is the 13th win for head coach Shauna Taylor.
• It is the fifth time Arkansas has won the opening event of the season.
• It is the third consecutive season-opening win.
• It is the fourth season-opening win under head coach Shauna Taylor.
• Maria Fassi’s tie for the win is the 35th medalist honor in program history.
• Maria Fassi’s 16-under par is the lowest round versus par in program history … Alana Uriell’s 12-under performance and Dylan Kim’s 10-under finish rank second and third, respectively.
• Maria Fassi’s 200 is a program record for a three-round total and her third-round 64 is the second-best score by a Razorback.
• Alana Uriell’s 204 ties for second-best three-round total in program history.
From Shauna Taylor
“Obviously, I’m very excited about winning today. Maria Fassi’s grandfather passed away on Friday night and the team really rallied around her. We played with a purpose to win for her grandpa and to win for our Razorback family. It was stellar golf by everyone – it took a total team effort. We talk about teamwork a lot – you can’t win with just one person. We had three players in the top-4 and it was tremendous for Maria to tie for the win. It was an extremely strong finish. Dylan’s rookie outing for the Razorbacks was a success. She played golf like a veteran and did a great job of starting her career as a Razorback. Alana has been a staple for us. She plays very smart and very mature. This was a great field to come out and start the year off with a win. To shoot 41-under as a team shows a lot about this team and what they are capable of.”
The Razorbacks continue the fall at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M. This year’s invitation-only event moves from Florida to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Olympic Hills Golf Club. The ANNIKA is the second of four fall events for the Razorbacks and Maria Fassi is the defending champion. Fassi paced the Razorbacks to a runner-up finish a year ago.
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|1||No. 15 Arkansas||273 –277–273—823||-41|
|2||No. 3 Alabama||284 –272–273—829||-35|
|3||No. 2 Arizona State||277 –276–286—839||-25|
|4||No. 60 Vanderbilt||275 –283–284—842||-22|
|5||No. 8 Northwestern||285 –280–282—847||-17|
|6||No. 12 South Carolina||289 –284–280—853||-11|
|7||No. 47 Auburn||285 –284–288—857||-7|
|8||No. 62 Virginia||290 –289–282—861||+3|
|9||No. 37 Clemson||296 –281–290—867||+3|
|10||No. 48 Houston||288 –296–287—871||+7|
|11||No. 27 North Carolina||294 –288–291—873||+9|
|12||No. 83 Chattanooga||292 –293–297—882||+18|
|13||No. 31 UCF||300 –291–298–889||+25|
|14||No. 94 Middle Tennessee||293 –302–294—890||+26|