FAYETTEVILLE – The 12th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the course Monday and Tuesday at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla.
The Razorbacks’ last event was Nov. 5-7, when the team took part in the Pac 10-SEC Challenge in Palo Alto, Calif. As is typical in golf, the team was idle from competition returning for five regular season spring events prior to the Southeastern Conference Championship April 15-17, in Auburn, Ala.
The Razorbacks are the second-ranked team in this week’s event. LSU leads the field as the No. 4 team followed by No. 12 Arkansas, No. 15 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 23 Kent State.
The rest of the field includes Baylor, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Ohio State, TCU and Texas A&M.
"We are ready to go," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "We are excited to get back out on the course and into competition. They layoff is long but it is something we are used to in our sport. The team really got in a lot of (amateur) competition over the break and that helps keep the rust off."
Arkansas had a solid four-event spring that saw senior Kelli Shean and freshman Emily Tubert emerge as leaders on and off the links.
Shean, a Cape Town, South Africa, native led the team with a 71.25 stroke average followed by Tubert at 71.67. Tubert picked up two wins in the first four events.
"Emily and Kelli are just solid," Estes-Taylor said. "They are definitely the lead horses on the team. Emma (Lavy) has also had a really strong qualifying week and is playing well now."
This week’s lineup includes Tubert, Shean and Lavy along with Rachel Carpenter and Victoria Vela.
After the long winter layoff the spring kicks into high gear fast with five regular season events. Arkansas returns to the Sunshine State March 6-7, for the SunTrust Gator Invitational followed by trips to Baton Rouge, La., Tucson, Ariz., and Athens, Ga.