|Gabriela Lopez Bio|
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
As a sophomore-to-be Gabriela Lopez took part in several amateur events during the summer months. Lopez tied for second at a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier and reached the first round of match play at the amateur.
She finished third at the Canadian Amateur shooting 69-75-71-68=283 in Beloeil, Qubec, and took part in the Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championship on a sponsor’s exemption shooting 79-74=153.
Lopez had a busy summer of amateur golf before joining the Razorbacks in the fall of 2012. Lopez joined future Razorback teammate Emily Tubert at The Spirit International in November of 2011 in an international event in Texas.
She then joined former Razorback Stacy Lewis at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open in Kohler, Wis. Although she did not make the cut, the experience propelled her on to the 110th North & South Amateur Championship. Lopez posted a 221 playing 15th overall in stroke play before being eliminated in match play.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13)
Lopez was immediately impactful for the Razorbacks as a freshman. Lopez competed in all 11 team events on one as an individual with a 73.77 stroke average ranking second on the team. Lopez opened her Razorback career shooting a 210 with rounds of 72-70-68, tying the eighth-best three round total in program history.
She improved on that with a 208 shooting 72-70-66 at the Westbrook Invitational. Her 208 ranks tied for the fourth-best round and her 66 in he final round ties the school record for best single round. Lopez finished the year with four top 10 finishes and picked up her first collegiate win at the Westbrook Invitational in February.
Lopez was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team and was an All-SEC Second-Team selection as a freshman. Lopez was named an honorable mention All-American by Golfweek, earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors and is a National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar selection.
Lopez was a member of the Razorback Athletic Department’s Athletic Director’s List with a GPA from 3.50-3.99 for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
PRIOR TO ARKANSAS
Gabriela Lopez checks in from Mexico City, Mexico, where she attended Colegio Sagrado Corazon.
Lopez took up golf when she was four years old and played in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She most recently competed in The Spirit International against future Razorback teammate Emily Tubert and is currently ranked 14th by the Golfweek prep rankings.
Lopez was asked about her decision to attend Arkansas in an interview at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“It was a tough decision,” she said. “I have many choices. I had many opportunities. There were about 30 schools interested in me. I think the coach has to be very nice with you. I think all the team [has to be right] because you have to play with them four years of my life.”
Maria Gabriela Lopez Butron was born Nov. 9, 1993, and is the daughter of Jose and Gabriela and has younger twin brothers, Jose Luis and Fernando.
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