University of Arkansas freshman women’s golfer Gabriela Lopez
tees it up today at the 2013 Copa de las Americas, which will take place
from Jan. 3-6 at the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla.
The Copa de las Americas is an amateur team competition for countries in
North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. There
are three 72-hole competitions – men’s, women’s and overall – with 18
holes played on each of the four days. Seeing action this week will be
Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, United States, Venezuela
and Trinidad and Tobago.
Lopez joins Carlos Ortiz, Rodolfo Cazaubon and Fabiola Arriaga representing team Mexixo and all four players tee off around 9 a.m. Thursday morning for the first round.
This will be the fifth playing of the Copa de las Americas and the first
time the championship will be conducted in the United States. The USA
won the 2010 overall championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Former Razorback and 2013 LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis
represented the United States in 2007 at this event as well.
Lopez has played in all three of Arkansas' tournaments since joining the team last fall. She leads the Razorbacks with a 71.67 stroke average and has two top 10 finishes this year.