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Estes-Taylor, Razorbacks face the best

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Estes-Taylor, Razorbacks face the best

FAYETTEVILLE — The seventh-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team tees it up against the nation’s best collegiate teams in the fall opener at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview in Franklin, Tenn., this weekend. The three-day event begins Friday at the Legends Club, site of the 2012 NCAA Championship, a par 72, 6,451 yard course near Nashville, Tenn. The invitation-only event welcomes the top finishing teams from last year’s national championship and this year’s field includes No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Southern California, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 California, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 14 Georgia, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Tulane, No. 19 Florida and No. 20 Texas A&M. “There is no doubt this is one of the toughest fields we will face all season,” Estes-Taylor said. “But I have always said that to be the best you have to play the best and that’s what we are doing.” Estes-Taylor enters the weekend with a bit of a mixed bag in players. Returners Emily Tubert, Emma Lavy and Victoria Vela played in nearly every event last year while Meagan Roberts saw only spot action. Transfer Emily Podzielinski practiced with the Razorbacks last year but did not compete. “We have a good team,” Estes-Taylor said. “Each player is capable of going low for us. Everyone knows what Emily (Tubert) is capable of and so she has to play with a bit of a target on her back. No one puts more pressure on Emily than Emily though, so it’s a matter of her controlling what she can on the course. “Emma and Victoria have also been very solid, consistent players for us,” she continued. “I expect each of them to elevate their games to the next level as we start the year. We need the leadership from these three players on and off the course.” The event is the first of four fall contests for Arkansas. They travel to the Lady Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 7-9, followed by the SEC-Pac 12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 21-23. The fall concludes with an appearance at the Longhorn Classic in Austin, Texas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.



Sports Category : Golf (W)