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Arkansas second, Tubert sixth at Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas – The 19th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team fired a one-under 287 and is in second place at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, Sunday.

The Razorbacks first round total is just three strokes off the lead with two rounds remaining on the par 72, 6344 yard University of Texas Golf Course.  Arkansas’ 287 is the lowest round of the year for Arkansas.

“Overall this was a very solid performance by everyone today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “Our goal was to go out and take control of the golf course and not let our results dictate the plays that we make.  We wanted to be aggressive and attack this golf course.  We are very well prepared this week and it’s about believing we can do it.  We got out to a very strong start and I told the team we can’t win it in the first day but we have put ourselves in position to do that.  I’m pleased with everyone today.”

Junior two-time All-American Emily Tubert leads Arkansas and is tied for sixth overall shooting a one-under 71.  Teammates Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasencia are tied for 11th with even par 72s and junior Emma Lavy and senior Victoria Vela are tied for 18th with a one-over 73 after Sunday’s round.

Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native, opened on the 10th tee bock and was solid through the first nine holes.  After shooting par for her first hole Tubert birdied her second and dropped another shot on the 15th hole moving to two under.

Tubert bogeyed the 18th hole turning one-under for her first nine.  Tubert had a more colorful scorecard on the front nine.  She birdied hole one falling to two-under but gave it back on the second hole with a four on the par three.

Tubert moved to three under with birdies on the third and fifth holes but gave two shots back with bogeys on seven and nine finishing even in the final half of the round.

Lopez, Lavy and Plasencia all posted even round 72s to open the tournament.  Lopez turned one under through her first nine and played one over on the front side with three birdies and three bogeys in her round.

Fellow Mexican countrywoman Plasencia turned one under to begin her round.  She birdied 11 and 14 with a bogey on 13.  She played the front nine one over finishing even for the day.

Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., junior had a busy scorecard in her first nine with three bogeys and a birdie.  She turned plus two and birdied her first hole of the second nine.  She played the final eight holes even.

Vela, the senior from Mansfield, Texas, got out to a slow start with a double and a bogey jumping out plus three in the first two holes.  She rallied, however with birdies on 14 and 15 and turned one-over.  She remained one over with three birdies and three bogeys on the front side.

“We got a solid round out of Emma and Regina made a great birdie on the last hole coming in,” Estes-Taylor said.  “Vickie birdied the last hole as well and Emily had five or six birdies out there.  They all played with an aggressive mind set and we are all ready to go out tomorrow and give ourselves the opportunity to win this event.  It’s exciting to see the hard work pay off with the results we saw today.”

Tenth-ranked Alabama surged ahead to take the day one lead with a four-under 284.  Arkansas is second with a 288 followed by No. 8 Arizona State with a 290.

Fourth-ranked Florida is fourth with 293, followed by No. 28 Denver with 294, No. 29 Texas with 297, No. 36 UNLV and Tulsa with 298 and No. 23 Auburn in ninth with 299.  Kent State is in 10th with 300 followed by No. 40 UCLA with 304, No. 30 Pepperdine with 307, TCU with 311, Illinois with 312 and New Mexico wraps up the field in 15th with 313.







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