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Razorbacks ninth after first round in Florida

Jeri Thorpe, Athletic Media Relations
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 43 University of Arkansas women’s golf team fired a first round 297 and is in ninth place overall at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Friday.

Sophomore Emily Tubert carded a first round two-over 72 and is tied for 13th overall leading Arkansas after the first day of play on the Mark Bostick Golf Course.   Tubert was even through 15 holes but doubled the 16th as she finished.

Freshman Hally Leadbetter stepped up big for Arkansas going three-over with a 73 on a course she had played several times as a prepster.  Leadbetter is tied for 18th after one round.

"I'm so proud of Hally," head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  "She did a nice job of using all her resources today and is opening to learning.  It is so cool to see a player take all the information and put it into play.

"Emily was solid today and we are very close to putting together something special," Estes-Taylor said.  "We are in a place that we can strike from and we are all excited about getting back out there tomorrow and move up the leaderboard."

Sophomore Emma Lavy shot a 74 and is tied for 28th, followed by junior Victoria Vela and sophomore Emily Podzielinski both shot 78 and are tied for 66th overall.

Second-ranked Alabama leads the field with a 284, followed by No. 10 Georgia with 386, No. 34 Florida State with 290, No. 40 Kentucky with 291 and No. 4 Auburn in fifth place with 293.

The rest of the field includes No. 49 South Florida and No. 23 Florida are tied for sixth with 294, No. 11 Duke is eighth with 295 followed by Arkansas in ninth with 297.  Fourteenth-ranked Baylor is tied with Chattanooga in 10th-place with 302, followed by No. 36 UCF and Wisconsin tied for 12th with 303, Mississippi State shot 304, No. 38 Ole Miss with 305, No. 45 Kent State and Georgia State with 309.

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