Razorbacks return to the links The University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the competition course this weekend at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tenn.
Making the trip Arkansas has been pretty steady in the traveling five and has only a slight change this week. The Razorbacks travel lone senior Lucy Nunn, juniors Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte, sophomore Kelli Shean and freshman Katy Nugent. The change is the addition of an individual as junior Tiffany Phelps.
Arkansas at the Mercedes The Mercedes Benz Collegiate began in 1997 and has emerged into one of the premier women’s golf tournaments in the country. Arkansas is making its seventh appearance at the event. The Razorbacks finished third in 2007 (last year) with a 285-297-296=878.
About the course This year, Fox Den Country Club will play to a par 72, 6,058 yards. Situated in nearby Farragut, Tenn., Fox Den opened in the summer of 1968. Fox Den is the result of one golfer’s enthusiasm for the game and his desire to build one of America’s finest golf courses (Chester A. Massey). At more than 7,100 yards from the championship tees, the par-72 course is one of the toughest courses in the state of Tennessee. The course can provide an enjoyable challenge for the beginner from the white and red tees. (from utladyvols.com).
This year’s field This year’s field includes Arkansas, Central Florida, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Denver, Furman, Indiana State, Kentucky, Kent State, LSU, Louisville, Ole Miss, North Carolina, North Carolina State, SMU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Tulane.
Fall seems so short There are only four fall events that stretch just over a month. Arkansas has one event, 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.
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.
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