BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior Emily Tubert and freshman Regina Plasencia fired first round 76s leading the sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team to a tough 10th-place showing after day one of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championship in Birmingham, Ala., Friday.
Friday’s round began four hours late after heavy rains moved into the area last night and this morning with tee times beginning at noon. Arkansas teed off beginning at 1:40 p.m. and the tough conditions saw a six hour round force teams to hurry to complete play before darkness suspended the day.
Arkansas finished the day shooting 313 overall and is in 10th place but Arkansas is just 10 strokes back of first place and only seven back of the top three teams.
“I think the conditions were just so different from yesterday,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “We it is 80 degrees out (yesterday) the ball flies a little different and you have to adjust as conditions change. I think with tough hole locations and temps in the high 40s it was a hard day. We have two more days and I know what this group is capable of. We’re going to go tonight and regroup and get back out there tomorrow and make a move.”
Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native, opened at five-over at the turn, playing the toughest side of the course first. She finished strong with a birdie-bogey-birdie including a four on the par five 18th hole despite playing in almost complete darkness.
In fact, the final two groups all hit up to the green together in an effort to speed up play.
Plasencia turned a four-over, settling in to reel off eight pars in a row before getting a birdie on the 17th hole for the Razorbacks. Tubert and Plasencia are tied for 12th overall.
Junior Emma Lavy is tied for 47th overall shooting an 80, followed by senior Victoria Vela who carded an 81 and is tied for 54th. Freshman Gabriela Lopez rounds out the Razorback scores with an 82 and is tied for 60th overall.
LSU leads after the first round. The 31st-ranked Tigers opened with a 303 and hold a one-stroke lead over second-ranked Alabama with 304. The rest of the field includes No. 18 Georgia, No. 34 Kentucky, Mississippi State and No. 40 South Carolina are tied for third with 306, No. 8 Vanderbilt is seventh with 309, No. 32 Tennessee and Missouri are tied for eighth with 312, Arkansas is 10th with 313, No. 7 Florida is 11th with 315, Ole Miss is 12th with 317, No. 24 Texas A&M is 13th with 318 and No. 43 Auburn is 14th overall with 321.
Tee times for Saturday's round were scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. but weather and course conditions have already prompted officials to delay and try for a 10 a.m. start.
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