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Razorback women’s golf qualifies for NCAAs

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AUBURN, Ala. – The fifth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team tied for third place at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship qualifying for the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., May 21-24.

Arkansas finished with a final round 287 to tie for third place with an 864.  The tie for third is the program’s best NCAA Regional finish bettering the fourth-place finish two seasons ago.  This will be the sixth NCAA Championship team appearance in program history and the third consecutive for the Razorbacks.

“Obviously we are excited to advance,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “It was a tough round of golf in what I consider one of the most tense rounds of golf all year.  This group had a calm about them all week that I felt so at peace about.  It is really just taking one step at a time on the journey to get to Athens.  They just really performed at a high level.  We did a fantastic job coming down the stretch.  We started strong and finished strong.”

Also qualifying out of the NCAA East Regional is No. 2 Alabama with an 844, No. 20 Tulane with 852, Arkansas and No. 17 Oklahoma State with an 864, No. 23 Texas with 871, No. 29 Northwestern with 874, No. 8 UCLA with 875 and No. 42 Auburn with 877.

Emma Lavy paced Arkansas and finished tied for 11th overall.  The Fayetteville, Ark., native shot 214 with rounds of 67-75-72.  Junior Emily Tubert and senior Victoria Vela tied for 18th overall shooting 216.

Tubert shaved three strokes off her previous rounds shooting a two-under 70 in the second round to go with her 73-73 from the first two days.

Vela posted her best-ever NCAA Regional finish and shot 71-73-72 for her 216.  Freshman Gabriela Lopez tied for 26th overall with a 218.  Lopez carded 72-73-73 in her first-ever collegiate postseason appearance.  Freshman Regina Plasencia tied for 60th overall shooting a 225 with 73-75-77 for the Razorbacks.

“Athens is a golf course a lot of us know and to get this group there and have a chance to win a National Championship has been a goal all year,” Estes-Taylor said.  “We’re looking forward to the next step in the journey.”

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