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Lavy, Vela represent well

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lavy, Vela represent well

ROGERS, Ark. — Emma Lavy, Victoria Vela and a host of recent University of Arkansas women’s golfers played well in a Monday qualifier at the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, finished with an eight-over 79 on the par 71 course. Vela, a Mansfield, Texas, native, posted an 80 and both failed to advance. “Although Emma and Vickie didn’t make it through, this was a great experience for them and for all of the Razorbacks,” head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “I’m thrilled they had this opportunity and proud of their accomplishments.” “It was awesome to be a part of this atmosphere,” said Lavy. “The conditions were tough and you just had to stay with it. I knew scores wouldn’t be great but it was a really great experience. This is such a different kind of game when it’s windy.” “The wind was tough and the greens were pretty firm and it was hard to stop the ball,” said Vela. “The greens were fast and firm and it was really challenging inside the six-foot range. There was more pressure than a college event because you have to play to qualify but I learned a lot and think this will help me as my career continues.” In addition to Lavy and Vela, several former Razorbacks also took part in the event. Kelli (Shean) Rackley finished with an 84 while Courtney Mahon, a former assistant coach at UMKC, shot 80. El Dorado, Ark., native Amanda McCurdy was the closest to making the cut shooting 74 and missing a three-player playoff by one stroke. Former Razorback Stacy Lewis will be joined by Arkansas sophomore Emily Tubert who was granted a sponsor’s exemption and both will begin play Friday.



Sports Category : Golf (W)