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Lavy in top 10

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lavy in top 10

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — University of Arkansas sophomore Emma Lavy is tied for ninth overall just two strokes out of the lead at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview in Franklin, Tenn., after first round women’s golf action Friday. Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, fired an opening round one-over 73, on the par 72, 6,246 yard Vanderbilt Legends Course. She paced the seventh-ranked Razorbacks to a tie for 12th place overall in one of the toughest fields of collegiate women’s golf in the country this year. Lavy’s day began on the back nine where she birdied 14 and bogeyed 15 to turn even. Lavy remained even through the first third holes before bogeys on four and eight moved her to plus two. She got one back with a three on the par four ninth hole to finish one-over. “Emma did a fantastic job today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “This is a really long golf course and she just played to her strengths today. We started the round in rain and ended in good conditions and she was steady all day.” Sophomore Emily Tubert is plus two and in the clubhouse with a 74 to tie for 17th overall. The Burbank, Calif., native was up and down in her first nine holes with two birdies, two bogeys and a double making the turn plus two. Tubert settled into the second nine and was even to finish her round. “It was a good, strong finish,” Estes-Taylor said. “She finished strong and that is something we talk a lot about. She just has to tidy up a few things and she’ll be right where she needs to be.” Sophomore transfer Emily Podzielinski made her first start as a Razorback and is tied for 60th with a first round 78. Junior Victoria Vela is tied for 66th with a 79 and junior Meagan Roberts is tied for 84th with an 82 in the first round of the three-day event. “We knocked the competition rust off today,” Estes-Taylor said. “This is a course in which we can move up the leaderboard and catch a few people if we take care of things.” As a team, Arkansas finished with a plus-16 304 in the first round to tie for 12th. Second-ranked Southern California leads the invitation-only field after shooting a four-over 292. Number 13 Arizona State is second with 293, followed by No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Alabama and No. 16 Vanderbilt in a tie for third with 296. The rest of the field incudes No. 11 North Carolina and No. 9 Arizona tied for sixth with 298, No. 6 LSU, No. 19 Florida, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 10 Tennessee tied for eight with 303, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 8 Duke and No. 5 Virginia tied for 12th with 304, No. 12 California is 15th with 306, No. 17 Tulane is 16th with 309, No. 14 Georgia is 17th with 310 and No. 4 Purdue is 18th with 313. Play continues through Sunday.



Sports Category : Golf (W)