FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It’s back to the links for the second of four fall events for the University of Arkansas women’s golf team as the Razorbacks travel to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M on Sunday.
Arkansas vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the Golfweek.com rankings after posting a 41-under-par win at the Mason Rudolph Championship. The win ties Pepperdine for the largest win in NCAA history according to Golfweek’s Lance Ringler. Junior Maria Fassi tied for the win while senior Alana Uriell and junior Dylan Kim were in the top five.
This week’s field will challenge Arkansas. The early season rankings can be misleading as nine of the 12 teams in the invitation-only field finished the 2016-17 season in the top-15 in the Golfstat.com standings.
Arkansas is making its third appearance at the four-year-old event. This year, the tournament moves from Florida to Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, just outside of Minneapolis. The Razorbacks finished third in the team’s first appearance in 2015 and played to a runner-up finish last year. Fassi notched an 11-under win in 2016 in Orlando, Florida, while former Razorback and current #ProHogs Gabriela Lopez was Arkansas’ low finisher tying for 4th in 2015.
The five travel spots remain the same for the ANNIKA after a hotly contested week of qualifying in Northwest Arkansas. Fassi leads the charge after her win at the Mason in the season opener. She is joined by Uriell and Kim along with juniors Kaylee Benton and Cara Gorlei.
Maria Fassi | Junior | Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
Alana Uriell | Senior | Carlsbad, California
Dylan Kim | Junior | Plano, Texas | Baylor
Kaylee Benton | Junior | Buckeye, Arizona
Cara Gorlei | Junior | Cape Town, South Africa
The Field (Golfweek.com rankings)
No. 1 Arkansas
No. 6 Southern California
No. 10 Furman
No. 12 South Carolina
No. 14 Florida State
No. 23 Stanford
No. 45 Texas
No. 58 Minnesota
No. 79 Georgia
October is a busy month for the Razorbacks as they play three of their four fall events in a 24-day span. Arkansas travels to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 13-15, and wrap up fall action at the Maryb S. Kauth Alamo Invitational Oct. 22-24, at The Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
Live results from the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M will be available at Golfstat.com.
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