ATHENS, Ga. – University of Arkansas senior Victoria Vela wrapped up her Razorback women’s golf career Friday pacing her fifth-ranked team to a tie for 13th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga.
Challenging conditions met the Razorbacks out of the gates Friday with swirling winds that gusted to 20-plus miles per hour. The temperatures crept up and the greens got faster as the round wore on. Arkansas finished the day with a 309 and had rounds of 296-293-302-309 for 1200 overall.
“I’m a little sad today to see Victoria complete her career as a Razorback,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “She has just done a fantastic job of getting it done in the classroom and on the golf course. She gave it all she had. As a coach, I’m really blessed to have been a part of her life for the last four years.”
Vela was plus-four in the final round leading the team and paced Arkansas for the event, shooting 298 with rounds of 74-71-77-76. Vela finished the tournament tied for 37th overall.
Emily Tubert shot 301carding rounds of 75-73-74-79 and freshman Gabriela Lopez shot 74-76-75-77 for 302. Junior Emma Lavy posted 73-78-76-80 for 307 while freshman Regina Plasencia also shot 307 with rounds of 77-73-80-77. Tubert tied for 50th overall and Lopez tied for 58th. Lavy and Plasencia tied for 85th overall.
“It was definitely a tough, challenging golf course,” Estes-Taylor said. “The winds were blowing 20-25 miles an hour and gusty to 30 at times. It was just hard to pick the right one and you had to stay patient and try to not count a big number. At times we did that and at times, we didn’t. It was not the round we wanted to finish with today but overall as a coach you have to look at the whole body of work and I’m really proud of this team. There is a lot of really good stuff to take from it.
Top-ranked Southern California ran away with the title shooting a 19-under 1133. Third-ranked Duke was second with 1154, followed by No. 7 Purdue with 1173, No. 8 UCLA with 1174, No. 12 Arizona State with 1181, No. 38 Auburn with 1183, second-ranked Alabama with 1189 No. 9 Arizona with 1190 and No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 25 Michigan State and No. 14 Tulane all tied for ninth with 1191.
The fifth-ranked Razorbacks tied with No. 13 Stanford with 1200 and tied for 13th overall, No. 24 Northwestern was one shot back with 1201 followed by NO. 17 UC Davis with 1203, No. 10 Florida with 1205, No. 6 Vanderbilt with 1206, No. 48 San Jose State with 1209, No. 32 South Carolina with 1211 and No. 18 Texas with 1213.
Sophomore Hally Leadbetter won the Southern Amatuer today.
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