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Hester pleased with 2004-05 schedule

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hester pleased with 2004-05 schedule

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas golf coach Kelley Hester announced the Lady Razorback schedule today and couldn’t be more pleased with the tournaments. "This is a great schedule," said Hester. "We have the perfect balance of Central Region and Southeastern Conference opponents and that should set us up well for the postseason. We’ve added the Texas Tech Tournament and again improved the competition at the Lady Razorback Invitational, both of which will help us in our head-to-head standings." Arkansas returns a solid corps of young players including the teams first-ever all-SEC selection junior Amanda McCurdy. McCurdy, fellow junior Courtney Mahon and senior Gena Johnson anchor one of the largest team’s in school history with 10 golfers vying for playing time. The other returners include Lina Axelsson, Lindsey Hinshaw, Stacy Lewis, and Sarah Trew along with newcomers Bethany Lavy, Ashley Medders and Whitney Sylvan. Arkansas opens the year on the road at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McQuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The 16-team field opens the year with a three-day event on the par 73, 6,069-yard UMN Championship Course. Up next for Arkansas is the Jeannine McHaney Invitational hosted by Texas Tech University at The Rawls Course Sept. 24-26. The Lady Razorbacks don’t get much of a break before the Eighth Annual Mercedez-Benz Collegiate Classic Oct. 8-10, hosted by Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. The Lady Razorbacks return to Fayetteville hosting the Seventh Annual Lady Razorback Invitational at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark, Oct. 17-19. The event is later in the year than in recent seasons and features a 17-team field including a pair of Southeastern Conference rivals. Scheduled to play the three-day event is Alabama, Augusta State, Illinois State, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oral Roberts, Southern Miss, Southwest Missouri State, Texas-El Paso, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. Arkansas won the event last season and has captured the title three times in the program’s history. After the winter break, Arkansas returns to the links at the Central District Invitational Feb. 21-22, hosted by Michigan State in Parrish, Fla. The road stand in Florida continues at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational March 4-6, in Gainesville, Fla., at the University Golf Course. The Lady’Backs next travel to the 27th Annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational hosted by Texas, March 11-13, and conclude the regular season at the 33rd Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., March 25-27. Postseason begins at the 2005 SEC Championship hosted by Mississippi April 15-17, in Tunica, Miss., at Tunica National Golf Course. Arkansas finished ninth last year and has a program best finish of fifth place in 1999. The year continues at the NCAA Regionals May 5-7 at various campus sites and concludes at the NCAA Championship May 17-20, in Corvallis, Ore. For more information about Arkansas golf log on to www.ladybacks.com.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS 2004 LADY RAZORBACK GOLF
FALL TOURNAMENTS

DATE

TOURNAMENT

HOST

SITE

Sept. 13-15 Brand Law Firm/ New Mexico UNM Championship Course
Dick McQuire Invitational Albuquerque, N.M.
Sept. 24-26 Jeannine McHaney Texas Tech The Rawls Course
Invitational Lubbock, Texas
Oct. 8-10 Mercedes-Benz Tennessee Cherokee Country Club
Collegiate Classic Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 17-19 Lady Razorback Arkansas Pinnacle Country Club
Invitational Rogers, Ark.

SPRING TOURNAMENTS

DATE

TOURNAMENT

HOST

SITE

Feb. 21-22 Central District Michigan State River Wilderness G&CC
Invitational Parrish, Fla.
March 4-6 SunTrust/Lady Gator Florida University GC
Invitational Gainesville, Fla.
March 11-13 Betsy Rawls Texas Univ. of Texas Golf Club
Longhorn Invitational Austin, Texas
March 25-27 Liz Murpehy Georgia UGA Golf Course
Collegiate Classic Athens, Ga.
April 15-17 Southeastern Conference Mississippi Tunica National Golf Course
Championship Tunica, Miss.
May 5-7 NCAA Regionals
East Regional Florida (University GC) Gainesville, Fla.
Central Regional Texas Tech (The Rawls Course) Lubbock, Texas
West Regional New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M.
May 17-20 NCAA Finals Oregon State Sunriver Resorts
Corvallis, Ore.


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