HILTON HEAD, S. C. – University of Arkansas junior Maria Fassi finished 3-under par winning her fourth tournament of the season while leading the No. 3 Razorbacks to their best finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Sunday.
Fassi was one of two players in the field to finish under par shooting 210 (70–71–69). Her final day 69 was one of two rounds in the 60s on the Long Cove Club course and the victory is her second consecutive win this spring. Fassi is just the second Razorback in program history to win four or more events in a season joining former Razorback Stacy Lewis with that honor.
The Razorbacks put together a final round 288 for a 22-over 874. They finished just behind second-ranked Alabama who won with an 866.
Fassi’s final round included two bogeys and four birdies. The Hidalgo, Mexico, native led the field with 14 birdies and in par-5 scoring, playing the long holes 6-under over three rounds.
Junior Dylan Kim and senior Alana Uriell both finished tied for 11th overall. The duo shot 291 for three rounds with Kim posting scores of 71–74–74 and Uriell counting 73–72–74. Junior Kaylee Benton saved her best score for the final round shooting an even-par 71 on Sunday. Benton tied for 40th overall shooting 226 (76–79–71). Senior Jordy LaBarbera rounds out the Arkansas scores with a 233 (76–80–77).
• This is Arkansas’ seventh appearance in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
• Arkansas’ second-place finish is the best finish for the Razorbacks at this event. It is the second top-5 place (2013, T-5) for Arkansas at the DRI.
• Maria Fassi posted a final round 69 and was one of just two rounds in the 60s on Sunday.
• Maria Fassi has won four college tournaments this year (Mason Rudolph, ANNIKA Intercollegiate, Lady Puerto Classic, Darius Rucker Intercollegiate). She is just the third Razorback to win three or more tournaments and the second (Stacy Lewis) to win four or more events in a single season.
• Arkansas has had only four top-10 finishes for individual players including Maria Fassi’s win at the DRI.
• Arkansas’ 874 is their best score at this event in seven appearances.
Arkansas’ runner up finish comes against a talented field that included three of the top-5 and six of the top-10 teams in the country. In addition, the Razorbacks also finished second among nine Southeastern Conference programs who took part in the event.
|1||Maria Fassi (1)||70–71–69—210||-3|
|T11||Dylan Kim (2)||71–74–74—219||+6|
|T11||Alana Uriell (3)||73–72–74—219||+6|
|T40||Kaylee Benton (4)||76–79–71—226||+13|
|T73||Jordy LaBarbera (5)||76–80–77—233||+20|
|T11||Georgia, U. of||294–303–304—901||+49|
|T16||Mississippi St. U.||292–311–304—907||+55|
Arkansas returns to the course for a new event on the schedule, the Evans-Derby Experience, March 18-20, at Auburn, Alabama. The Razorbacks follow up with the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic April 13-15, before beginning postseason play at the SEC Championship April 18-22.
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