Razorbacks return to the links The University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the competition course this weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Arkansas has had nearly two weeks to practice and prepare after opening Sept. 7-8, at the NCAA Preview in Maryland.
Making the trip Arkansas travels the same five this week as they did in week one. Making the trip is senior Lucy Nunn, Juniors Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte, sophomore Kelli Shean and freshman Katy Nugent.
Arkansas at the Mason The Razorbacks are making the program’s third appearance at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Arkansas’ most recent appearance was in the 2005-06 season when they finished third in the 15-team field. Arkansas carded an 884 at that event.
About the Mason Vanderbilt University hosts the Mason Rudolph at the Legends Club in nearby Franklin, Tenn. It’s playing 6,305 yards and is a par 72 for this event. UCLA won last year’s event with a 13-under 851.
This year’s field This year’s field includes Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Chattanooga, Duke, Florida, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, UCF, UCLA, USC and Wake Forest.
Fall seems so short There are only four fall events that stretch just over a month. Arkansas has two events, the Mercedes Benz and the Peg Barnard, remaining this fall.
This year’s team Arkansas returns four of five players from last year’s NCAA Tournament team and all but three players from last year’s roster. The returners include lone senior Lucy Nunn, who won her first amateur event over the summer. Joining Nunn are juniors Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte and sophomore Kelli Shean from last year’s traveling five. Also back is junior Natalie Beach, juniors Tiffany Phelps, Corinna Rees and Tanica van As.Lone Newcomer Arkansas has one newcomer for the 2008-09 season. Freshman Katy Nugent joins the Razorbacks from Kansas after a solid prep career. Look for Nugent to challenge for one of the five traveling spots early this year.
What’s missing? Stacy Lewis. Lewis graduated as the most decorated collegiate golfer in program history last May. She competed as a professional this summer and will attend Qualifying School this fall to earn her LPGA card.
Shean earns SEC academic honor Lone freshman Kelli Shean represented the women’s golf team on the 2008 Southeastern Conference Freshmen Academic Honor Roll . Shean, a general business major from Cape Town, South Africa, was a leader on and off the course. She finished the year third on the team in stroke average and earned selection to the SEC All-Freshman team.
Download: 08gfFactSheet 2_Mason Rudolph.pdf