KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Arkansas sophomore Regina Plasencia
and senior Emily Tubert
both carded two-under 69’s leading the No. 18 Razorback women’s golf team to a first round 282 and second place at the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday.
The duo are tied for third overall helping Arkansas into second place, just three strokes behind day-one leader South Carolina who is in the clubhouse with 279.
“We had a solid start today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor
said. “Regina played so well and Emily had good start for us. I think Summar was the key for us today. We had to get one in the house in that fourth spot and she fought for every shot and it was the difference in our round. Emma would have liked to have shot better but she’ll bounce back. She is such a good leader for us.”
Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native, turned one-under with a pair of birdies on four and seven. She had three bogeys in the round but three birdies on the back nine on holes 11, 15 and 16 kept the three-time All-American under par for the day.
Plasencia, who was Arkansas’ top finisher a week ago, was two-under on the front nine with birdies on the first, fifth and eighth holes and a bogey on the fourth hole. She played the back nine even and is tied with Tubert with a 69. It is her third below-par round in the four-round season.
Freshman Summar Roachell
, in just her second collegiate event, finished the day one-over with a 72. The Conway, Ark., native is tied for 19th overall. Roachell was four-over on the front nine but rallied to finish strong playing the back at three-under.
Roachell turned and picked up back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11 holes. She gave a stroke back with a bogey on the 13th but birdied the 15th and 18th holes to finish up.
Sophomore Gabriela Lopez
counted a one-over 72 in the first round. The Mexico City, Mexico, native was plus-one at the turn after a double tripped her up on the second hole. She played the back side even for the strong finish. She is also tied for 19th overall
Senior and Fayetteville, Ark., native Emma Lavy
rounds out the Arkansas scores. Lavy posted a seven-over 78 in the first round and is tied for 80th overall. Sister and redshirt freshman Olivia Lavy
is playing as an individual in her first collegiate event. The younger Lavy carded an 80 and is tied for 87th overall.
“Olivia birdied her first hole of college golf and that’s not an easy thing to do,” Estes-Taylor said. “This experience is so valuable and will make her better.
“It was a team effort and we played team golf today,” she continued. “The weather will be muddy but these are conditions we like. We are going to focus on one shot at a time and move up leaderboard. We had good balance today and that’s what I’m looking for. That is the ingredient for a great team and great to see that from this team. They are so much fun to be around and they are fun to lead around golf course.”
South Carolina, ranked sixth in this week’s Golfstat.com poll, leads the field with a 279, followed by No. 18 Arkansas with 282, No. 13 Louisville with 283, No. 21 Tennessee with 285 and No. 34 UCF with 286 rounding out the top five. The rest of the field includes No. 35 Tulane with 290, No. 44 Penn State and No. 69 Chattanooga with 292, No.8 Mississippi State with 293, No. 41 Ole Miss with 294, Michigan with 296, No. 14 Campbell, No. 60 Notre Dame and Rollins College tied with 298, No. 81 UTSA and No. 62 Missouri tied with 299 and No. 4 College of Charleston with 301.
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