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Lavy, Vela lead Razorbacks

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BROWN’S SUMMIT, N.C. – Emma Lavy and Victoria Vela shot under par rounds leading the sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown’s Summit, N.C., Sunday.

Lavy, a junior from Fayetteville, Ark., posted a two-under 70 while Vela, a Mansfield, Texas, native finished with a one-under 71 leading the Razorbacks to a final round 290 – the second lowest round of the day.  Arkansas finished with an 873, just four strokes out of first place.

“I’m proud of this group’s effort this week,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “It was a total team effort.  Emma’s 70 today is just a fantastic round of golf on the final round.   She was close all week and to see her put it together is awesome and she came up big for our team today.

“Also Victoria’s one-under is just awesome as well,” Estes-Taylor continued.  “Those two veterans really stepped up big for us.  Everyone contributed for us this week and played at a high level.  We leave North Carolina with a lot of momentum heading into the postseason.”

Junior two-time All-American Emily Tubert paced Arkansas all week and tied for seventh overall.  The Burbank, Calif., native shot 73-71-75 for 219 as the top Razorback finisher.

Freshman Gabriela Lopez tied with Vela for 13th overall.  Lopez carded rounds of 72-71-77 for 220 while Vela shot 74-75-71 for the Razorbacks.

Lavy and freshman Regina Plesencia tied for 23rd in the tournament.  Lavy posted rounds of 78-74-70 while Plasencia shot 75-73-74 for 222.

Virginia, ranked No. 15 this week, won the event with an 869 with rounds of 281-293-295.  Their first round 281 was the best round of the tournament and gave them a lead that was hard to catch up with.  The Razorbacks were in second with a comfortable margin with rounds of 294-289-290 for 873.  They had a 12-stroke cushion over third-place No. 46 Wake Forest on their home course.  The Demon Decans shot 885 for the three-day tournament.  The rest of the field included No. 7 Vanderbilt with 886, No. 5 Florida with 887, No. 19 Georgia with 888, No. 23 North Carolina State with 892, No. 2 Duke and No. 43 Auburn tied with 894, No. 9 North Carolina with 897, No. 26 Michigan State with 902, No. 30 Tennessee with 904, No. 42 Florida State with 908, UNC-Greensboro with 927, UNC-Wilmington with 928 and Louisville with 930.

“We have about two weeks before the SEC Championships to continue to improve and prepare and we are looking forward to it,”Estes-Taylor said.




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