This WeekArkansas travels East to the Bryan National Collegiate in Brown Summit, N.C. March 28-30, in the final regular season event before the SEC Championship.
Who’s traveling?Senior Stacy Lewis again leads the Lady Razorbacks into play along with junior Lucy Nunn and sophomore Kristin Ingram. Freshman Kelli Shean makes her ninth trip as well. Arkansas has made a change in that revolving “five-spot” again this week. Traveling this week is sophomore Alex Schulte.
About the Bryan NationalWake Forest and UNC-Greensboro join together to the host the Bryan National and the event takes place at Bryan National Park in Browns Summit, N.C. The golf course, the Players Course at Bryan National Park, is a par-72, 6,384-yard course and is the longest course Arkansas has played this year.More About the BryanThis is Arkansas’ first trip to the Bryan National. The 18-team field features several East Regional members and four other Southeastern Conference members.
Who is in the field?In addition to Arkansas, the field includes Auburn, College of Charleston, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Furman, Michigan State, North Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, TCU, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Who is the team to beat?Arkansas faces another quality field this week. Duke headlines the field and is ranked No. 1 in all three polls. Florida is fifth in all three polls while Auburn floats between No. 6 and No. 11 depending on the poll. Arkansas is eighth in the coaches poll, 10th in the Golfstat poll and 12th in the Golf World poll this week.
More about LewisStacy Lewis won three consecutive collegiate events dating back to last fall and added a fourth last week at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic. Four wins is a single-season best total for the program and it brings Lewis’ career wins total to 10, also a program best. Lewis really liked the Betsy as she won the event as a freshman in 2005, and was the runner-up last year.
March is a busy monthTo say the least!! Arkansas opens at the UCF Invitational March 9-11, travels to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic March 17-19, on to the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic March -21-23 and wraps up with the Bryan National Collegiate March 28-30. The conclusion of March signals the beginning of post season at the SEC Championship April 18-20.
SECs approaching fastThe 2008 SEC Championship is April 18-20 and set to take place at Tennessee National in Louden, Tenn. The course will play to a par-72 and 6310 yards for the championship. It is a Greg Norman Signature Course. For more information see www.tngolfclub.com.
A Coaching Name ChangeBy now, everyone is aware of the coaching change for this season as former head coach Kelley Hester departed for her alma mater and assistant coach Shauna Estes took over. There is another new twist for Estes — she got married in January. Estes will keep her maiden name and hyphenate it with her married name which is Taylor. She is now Shauna Estes-Taylor.