The No. 5 Razorbacks are making the program’s 18th consecutive SEC Championship appearance since adding women’s golf for the 1995-96 season. Head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor is making her sixth appearance as the head coach for the Razorbacks, and her 11th (five as an assistant coach) in program history. Estes-Taylor also made four SEC Championship appearances as a player at her alma mater.
RAZORBACKS FINISHING WELL
This season, Arkansas has played in eight regular season events finishing in the top five in all of them. Arkansas has six finishes in top three spots including a win at the LSU Golf Classic March 24. It was the first team title since the 2010 season.
Arkansas has 34 top five team finishes under head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor including a program-best 11 top five finishes in 13 events in the 2010-11 season. That season, the Razorbacks posted a program-best tie for fifth at the NCAA Championships.
ARKANSAS INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Arkansas has had two players earn three individual titles this year. Junior Emily Tubert won the Lady Puerto Rico Intercollegiate and the LSU Tiger Golf Classic while freshman Gabriela Lopez won the Westbrook Invitational.
ARKANSAS AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
Arkansas has finished runner up three times in program history, all under current head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. Those program-best finishes came in 2008 at Tennessee where current world No. 1 player Stacy Lewis won the individual title shooting a two-under 214; in 2009 in South Carolina and again last season when Arkansas hosted the event at Blessings.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Alabama Sports Foundation, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference (SEC), announced that Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Ala., will be host to the 2013 through 2016 SEC Women’s Golf Championship. This is the first time since Arkansas added women’s golf that the championship will take place on a non-campus golf course, similar to the format for men’s golf.
ARKANSAS IN THE RANKINGS
The Razorbacks enter the SEC Championship with a program-best No. 5 position in this week’s Golfstat.com rankings. It is the highest the Razorbacks have been ranked this late in the regular season. Arkansas checks in at No. 5 in the Golfweek.com rankings paced by junior Emily Tubert who is ranked No. 29 overall in the country. Gabriela Lopez is ranked No. 33 followed by Emma Lavy at No. 61, Victoria Vela at No. 91 and Regina Plasencia at No. 166 this week. The Razorbacks are No. 9 in the latest GolfWorld/WGCA Coaches Poll (March 18, 2013). Arkansas started the year ranked No. 30, and moved up to No. 13 by the end of the fall season. The Razorbacks began February ranked No. 7 and have continued to improve this spring.
ARKANSAS HONORS AND AWARDS IN THE SEC
The Razorbacks and their most famous alum, Stacy Lewis, earned medalist honors twice at the SEC Championship. Lewis first won as a freshman in 2005 in Tunica, Miss., shooting a 214. She won again as a senior in Tennessee with a 214 as well. Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor also was a two-time winner with Georgia in 1997 and 1999. Estes-Taylor earned SEC Player of the Year in 2000, Lewis in 2008. Lewis was the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008, Estes-Taylor was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1997, Lewis in 2005 and current Razorback Emily Tubert earned that honor in 2011.
RAZORBACK SEC CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS
Arkansas’ name is sprinkled in the SEC record books. The Razorbacks are tied for the third-best team round with a 280 in 2010, tied for first with the best first-round total, a 280 in 2001; and are third for the lowest three-round total with an 859 in 2010.
Emily Tubert (Jr, Burbank, Calif.)
Two tournament wins in 2013 (Puerto Rico, LSU)...Five top 10 finishes in eight events...453-90-12 win-loss record...71 birdies...30.73 average putts...Season-low round 70 three times...Ranked 10th in the Central Region...Is 5-13 against regional opponents.
Victoria Vela (Sr, Mansfield, Texas)
47 birdies...1 eagle...32.27 average putts...Season-low round 70 (second round at Westbrook)...Ranked 22nd in the Central Region...Is 1-16 against regional opponents
EMMA LAVY (Jr, Fayetteville, Ark.)
61 birdies...31.27 average putts...Season-low round 68 (first round at Darius Rucker)...Ranked 16th in the Central Region...Is 2-16 against regional opponents.
GABRIELA LOPEZ (Fr,Mexico City, Mexico)
77 birdies...Two eagles...30.87 average putts...Season-low round 66 (third round of Westbrook)...Ranked 11th in the Central Region...Is 5-14 against regional opponents
Regina Plasencia (Fr, Guadalajara, mexico)
60 birdies...One eagle...30.40 average putts...Season-low round 68 (second round of Old Waverly)...Ranked 56th in Central Region...Is 1-81 against regional opponents...
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