RIO DEL MAR, Puerto Rico – University of Arkansas freshman Maria Fassi did what no other first-year player in the history of Razorback women’s golf has ever done – she won her first tournament as a Razorback.
Fassi moved up from a tie for 12th after round one into the lead on Monday and held on in touch conditions Tuesday picking up medalist honors. Fassi posted rounds of 72-67-69=208 going eight-under edging Texas Tech’s Gabby Barker by one stroke.
In her final round, Fassi opened with three par rounds followed by a three on the par-five fourth hole moving to two-under. She added three birdies and two bogeys and finished with four consecutive par holes for the win.
As a team, the No. 8 Razorbacks finished 12-over Monday shooting 289-281-300=870, just three strokes behind winner No. 5 Georgia with 867.
Sophomore Alana Uriell tied for eighth place shooting 219 with rounds of 71-70-78. Junior Summar Roachell tied for 18th overall shooting 75-72-77-223, followed by freshman Cara Gorlei who tied for 26th overall shooting 75-73-76=224. Senior Regina Plasencia rounded out the Razorback scores tying for 54th overall shooting 71-75-84=230. Sophomore Jordy LaBarbera, playing as an individual, shot 249 with rounds of 78-88-82.
Arkansas and the Bulldogs led the field with 45 birdies each and the Razorbacks had one eagle in the three-day event.
FROM SHAUNA ESTES-TAYLOR
WE are disappointed that we didn’t get the team victory today – we came up a couple shots short. We’ll go back to work and make some repairs and get ready for our next tournament. I saw so many great things out there this week and we are in a great spot to keep getting better. Maria – what a great addition to our team. She is a great player and a great teammate. She has so many shots in her bag and she’ll get better each time she plays. We have a lot of depth and we are all excited for the spring season.
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