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Lavy two-over, Arkansas 16th

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lavy two-over, Arkansas 16th

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore Emma Lavy fired a two-over 74 leading the No. 46 University of Arkansas women’s golf team to 16th place after first round action at the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac 12 Championship in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday. Lavy and the Razorbacks began their day on the 10th tee and she played her first nine holes even with a pair of birdies and two bogies. Lavy posted three bogies on one, four and nine and birdied four counting a 74 for Arkansas in the first round of the event. Lavy is tied for 32nd overall. “Obviously Emma’s doing a good job for us,” head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “She is stepping up every week and getting smarter each time she plays.” Sophomore Emily Tubert finished tied for 46th with a three-over 75 on the par 72 Holston Hills course. Tubert, who is under the weather this week, was two over on the back nine and one over on the front finishing with a balanced scorecard. Freshman Hally Leadbetter, playing in her first collegiate event, opened with a four-over 76 and is tied for 55th. She was plus-two on each side for the Razorbacks. “Hally started a little rough with a bogey on her first hole but she birdied the next and really hung in there,” Estes-Taylor said. “I’m excited to see her get out of the blocks strong.” Junior Victoria Vela finished tied for 78th with a 78 in the first round. Vela had four bogies and one double in her round. Sophomore transfer Emily Podzielinski rounded out the Razorback scores with an 83. Podzielinski is tied for 112th overall. As a team, the Razorbacks finished with a 15-over 303 in the first round of the stacked, 23-team event. Top-ranked UCLA is in the clubhouse with a 281 and leads the field. SEC member No. 6 Alabama is second with 284 followed by No. 27 Tennessee with 291, No. 24 Colorado and No. 9 Washington are tied for fourth with 295 and No. 2 Auburn, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 22 Arizona are tied for sixth with 296. No. 12 Florida and No. 10 Southern California round out the top 10 with 298s. “This golf course sets up well for us,” Estes-Taylor said. “It’s the kind of course you get better at each time you play it and I think it presents us with an opportunity to move up the leaderboard over the next two days.” Play continues Saturday and Sunday in the third of four fall events for Arkansas.



Sports Category : Golf (W)