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Lady’Back Linksters return to Florida

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Back Linksters return to Florida

FAYETTEVILLE — The 15th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the links this week traveling to the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., March 4-6. Arkansas and freshman Stacy Lewis are coming off a big spring opener at the Central District Invitational in which the Lady Razorbacks finished second while Lewis finished in a tie for the win. Lewis, of The Woodlands, Texas, earned Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week honors for her achievement. This week, the Lady’Backs turn it up a notch facing a talented field with teams from the Central Region as well as the SEC, most of whom are ranked in the top 20 nationally. "There are 18 teams in the field and at least half are in the top 20," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "This is definitely a good test. It’s one of those events where we could go and play pretty well and finish about seventh." Lewis leads the Lady’Backs heading back to Florida with a 73.64 stroke average. The first-year player tied the school record with a 216 last weekend at the Central District Invitational and tied the school record with a round of 68 once this year. Hot on Lewis’ heels is junior El Dorado, Ark., native Amanda McCurdy. McCurdy carded a 217 last week and is second on the team with a 74.68 stroke average. Both McCurdy and Lewis have finished in the top 10 in all five of Arkansas’ contests this year. "Stacy has looked solid in practice all winter," said Hester. "She’s exceeded her expectations in her first season. She does the right things on and off the course. She works hard and doesn’t talk about it, she just does it. That’s been great for the entire team and they’ve pushed each other really hard in the off season to get ready for the months ahead." Arkansas faces a talented field this week taking on top-ranked Duke along with No. 3 Auburn and No. 6 Georgia from the SEC. The field also includes No. 11 Ohio State, No. 12 Tulane, No. 15 Florida, No. 17 Furman and No. 18 Wake Forest rounds out the top 20 in attendance. "We are at a point in the program where the team is not going to let anything get in their way," said Hester. "That’s what it’s going to take to reach some of our goals." The event is the second of the spring in a six-event regular season schedule. Arkansas travels next to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, March 11-13. For more information about Arkansas golf log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



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