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FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore Krsitin Ingram carded a first round 74 leading the sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team to seventh place at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Friday.
Arkansas has had a busy week first competing at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic in Austin, Texas, through Tuesday before making their way to Athens this weekend.
As a team, the Lady Razorbacks counted a 17-over 305. The Lady Razorbacks are just eight strokes behind first-round leader No. 26 LSU who opened with a 297.
“This golf course is tricky,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “The greens are difficult and you don’t want to be above the green.
“Kristin was really solid today,” Estes-Taylor continued. “She played well and really carried the team today.”
Senior Stacy Lewis opened the tournament with a three-over 75 and is tied for 11th and sophomore Corinna Rees is tied for 23rd with a plus-four 76.
Junior Lucy Nunn is tied for 51st with teammate freshman Kelli Shean with rounds of 80.
“Kristin was really solid today,” said Estes-Taylor. “Corinna birdied the last hole to get a 76. It just shows how important that fifth spot can be. We get smarter every time we play the golf course and I think it’s good to know that we counted an 80 and are still in good shape. It’s a great field and we’re right in the middle of things.”
LSU leads the field and Tiger Megan McChrystal posted the low round of the day with a three-under 69. Play continues Saturday and Sunday at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
Seventeenth-ranked Alabama is tied for second with a 302 along with 10th-ranked host Georgia and No. 8 Purdue. There is a two-way tie with No. 12 Kent State and No. 9 Auburn at 303, just ahead of Arkansas. The Lady Razorbacks are seventh at 305, four better than No. 14 Tennessee and top-ranked Duke who are tied for eighth with 309.
T5 Kristin Ingram 74
T11 Stacy Lewis 75
T23 Corinna Rees 76
T51 Lucy Nunn 80
T51 Kelli Shean 80