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Plasencia finishes strong for Razorbacks

09/11/2013
Athletic Communications
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TULSA, Okla. – Regina Plasencia, Emily Tubert and Emma Lavy all shot one-under 69’s leading the No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s’ golf team up the leaderboard in the final round of the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at Tulsa Country Club Wednesday.

The trio helped Arkansas combine for a three-under 277, the second lowest team total of the afternoon.  The Razorbacks finished sixth overall shooting 291-289-277=857 and was just nine strokes off the lead for the event.

Plasencia, a sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, played well all week and finished fifth overall with a 208.  Plasencia was two-under for the tournament shooting 70-68-68.  In her final round, Plasencia was steady as she had been all week.  She opened with a bogey on the first hole but got it back with a birdie on the par five, 515-yard third hole.  She rattled off seven pars, six in a row before turning even.

Plasencia picked up her second birdie of the round and the eighth of the tournament on the 10th hole moving to one-under before counting eight consecutive par holes to finish with 69.

It was a total group effort today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “We went in with the mindset of one shot at a time and just focused on that.  We talked about being grateful for the opportunities we have and they had a blast out there today.  They just did an awesome job today and it was fun to watch.

“It was a fantastic performance by Regina all week,” Estes-Taylor continued.  “She has put in a lot of hard work and improved so much over the last year and it was really fun to watch her reap the benefits of that hard work.

Seniors Tubert and Lavy struggled a bit in the first two rounds but as Estes-Taylor predicted, the veterans came up big in the final round.

“Our seniors have all the tools they need to be successful,” Estes-Taylor said.  “When they lead us like they did today, it is really special and that was evident in the results today.”

Tubert finished tied for 24th overall shooting 73-75-69=217. She too had a quiet scorecard on the last day.  The Burbank, Calif., native opened with seven pars and a birdie through the first eight holes.  She bogeyed the ninth hole turning even.

She the rattled off seven consecutive par holes before counting a two on the par three 17th hole moving to one-under for the day.  Tubert had just four birdies for the tournament with two in the final round.

Lavy improved by seven shots over Tuesday’s score and finished tied for 56th with 78-77-69=224. Her round consisted of two bogeys and three birdies including a three on the par four 18th hole for the strong finish.

Sophomore Gabriela Lopez finished tied for 17th overall shooting 72-73-70=215. Lopez had an uneventful front nine with a birdie on one and a bogey on six to turn even. She had to work harder on the back nine using a double, bogey and three birdies to finish even for the side and for the round.

“Gaby had a great week as well,” Estes-Taylor said.  “She was solid and didn’t make a lot of mistakes out there.”

Freshman Summar Roachell wrapped up her first collegiate golf tournament in a tie for 51st place shooting 76-72-74-222. Roachell’s round was the opposite of Lopez’s with a busy front nine followed by nine consecutive par holes to finish strong for Arkansas.

“Summar was great out there,” Estes-Taylor said.  “I love her energy and enthusiasm and she brings a lot to the team on and off the golf course.  It’s going to be fun to watch her this year.”

If we pay like we are cap of we can have an amazing year.  We could win a lot if we can play like this consistently

Top-ranked Southern California rallied from a slow start to win the tournament shooting 848. The top five included No. 4 Oklahoma with 852, No. 15 Oklahoma State with 855, No. 3 Alabama and No. 2 Duke tied for fourth with 856 followed by No. 8 Arkansas in sixth place with 857.

The rest of the field included No. 10 Arizona State with 859, No. 7 Arizona with 861, No. 14 Stanford with 867, No. 13 Tulane with 868, No. 16 North Carolina with 869, No. 19 Georgia with 871, No. 9 Vanderbilt with 878, No. 21 Texas with 893 and No. 62 Tulsa with 916.

The @RazorbackWGolf team returns home Wednesday to begin preparation for the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic Sept. 20-22, in Knoxville, Tenn.

For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.

 

 


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