Arkansas Golf Fact Sheet #5-Hooters Match Play Championship
2006 Hooters Match Play Championship
Arkansas returns to Florida for the second time this year for the Hooters Match Play Championship. This is the Lady Razorbacks’ second appearance at the Match Play Championship. Arkansas won the Consolation B title last year and then-senior Amanda McCurdy was a perfect 4-0 for the Lady’Backs.
Last fall event?
That’s right. The fall has nearly come and gone for the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas competes at the Hooters Match Play Championship in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 3-5, in their final event before the holidays.
Sixteen teams fill out the field in Orlando this weekend. Joining Arkansas is Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, South Carolina, SMU, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest.
More about the Hooters
This year’s event is co-hosted by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and the Central Florida Sports Commission. It takes place in Oralndo, Fla., at Eagle Creek Golf Club Nov. 3-5.
Arkansas enters as a nine seed
The Lady Razorbacks enter the weekend as a No. 9 seed and face No. 8 Purdue, the defending champion, in the first round.
Haven’t I seen you before?
Yes, as a matter of fact. The Lady’Backs have faced nearly everyone in the field already this year. Arkansas has gone head-to-head with Georgia in all four events in 2006 and the Lady’Backs have seen Duke and Vanderbilt three times this year. Arkansas has faced Purdue, Wake Forest, Auburn, Alabama, Arizona and Florida twice. South Carolina and Nebraska are the only teams the Lady’Backs are facing for the first time this year.
Here’s how the tournament shapes up. Georgia was named the top seed while Duke earned the second seed. The 2005 Match Play Champion, Pudue, returns as the eighth seed. Invitations to the Match Play were based on the 2006 National Championship finish and seeds were determined based on fall 2006 results through Oct. 17.
Arkansas at the Peg
Arkansas finished 10th two weeks ago at the Peg Barnard Invitational. Lady Razorback junior Stacy Lewis earned medalist honors with a school record 207 en route to the win. Lewis carded a 69 in the final round for a 71-67-69 to tie with Arizona’s Alison Walshe for medalist honors. The 26th-ranked Lady Razorbacks finished 10th as a team.
Best Finish of the Year
Arkansas finished fourth at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic was the best of the year and their team score of 894 was also a then-season best. In fact, the 894 team total ranks tied for eighth all-time for lowest Lady’Back scores.
Who’s making the trip?
Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester is traveling six golfers this week. Making the trip are Stacy Lewis, Ashley Medders, Lucy Nunn, Alex Schulte, Whitney Sylvan and Tiffany Phelps.
About the traveling five
Stacy Lewis is the top returning Lady Razorback for the 2006-07 season. A two-time National Golf Coaches Association for Women all-American and a two-time first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection, Lewis holds nearly every individual record at Arkansas. See the list to the left of this page. Lewis finished tied for 11th at the Mason Rudolph, tied for 29th at the NCAA Preview, tied for fifth at the Mercedes and won the individual title at the Peg Barnard Invitational two weeks ago.
Ashely Medders came on strong for Arkansas last year. Medders competed in nine events including the NCAA Regional and National Championships. She is the school record-holder for the lowest three-round tournament score with a 212 posted in a win at the 2006 Tyson/Embassy Suites Invitational.
Lucy Nunn played in five events for Arkansas last year but had the opportunity to travel to others including the NCAA Regional and National Championships. Nunn posted a career-best finish with a 13th-place showing at the Mercedes last week.
Alexandrea Schulte is one of the top recruits for Arkansas this year. She enjoyed a bit of a jump start on her Lady Razorback career competing in several summer events with her future teammates. Schulte finished tied for 15th with a career-best 223 at the Mercedes.
Whitney Sylvan is making just her second trip as a Lady Razorback this week. Sylvan opened the year traveling to the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship where she posted a career-best 243 for Arkansas.
Tiffany Phelps is making her first start for Arkansas. The true freshman competed at McKinney High in McKinney, Texas.
Frequent Flyer miles to the Sunshine State
Arkansas should ask for frequent flyer miles to Florida. The trip to Florida for the NCAA Preview was the first of five trips to the Sunshine State. Arkansas also travels to the Hooters Match Play Championship (Orlando), the Central District Invitational (Parrish), the UCF Invitational (Grand Cypress) and the NCAA Championship (Daytona Beach).