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Leadbetter has hole-in-one, Arkansas T9th

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Leadbetter has hole-in-one, Arkansas T9th

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Arkansas freshman Hally Leadbetter had a hole-in-one in second round action at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, Tuesday. Leadbetter paced the No. 46 Razorbacks to a tie for ninth place at the Texas Golf Course, a par 72, 6,344 yard course, in the final fall event for Arkansas. “I had 186 (yards) to the pin, and it was really far downwind,” Leadbetter said. “Coach and I were discussing whether to hit a 5-iron or a 4-hybrid. I decided I was going to choke down on a 4-hybrid and swing easy. It hit the ridge and rolled in the hole. This was my first one (hole-in-one).” Leadbetter’s ace came on the par three, 136-yard 16th hole. She opened her day on the 10th tee and was even going into No. 16. She turned plus-one and finished her round three-over for the day. “Hally did a nice job of coming back with a solid performance today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “She had her first hole-in-one of her career and it was very exciting.” As a team, the Razorbacks posted a second round 302 for 601 and are tied for ninth overall in the 15-team event. “We are on the brink and if a few putts drop we can climb the board,” Estes-Taylor said. “It’s the final round of the fall so ending on a strong note is our focus.” Sophomore Emma Lavy leads Arkansas after a second round 73 to pair with Monday’s 72 for 145. She is tied for sixth overall. “Emma had another great day of ball-striking and is on the verge of a major breakthrough when her putter gets hot,” Estes-Taylor said. Junior Victoria Vela is tied for 13th overall with 147 with rounds of 71-76, followed by junior Meagan Roberts and Leadbetter who are tied for 55th overall. Roberts is in the clubhouse with 77-79=156 and Leadbetter shot 81-75=156. “Victoria was steady all day and did a great job out there,” Estes-Taylor said. Sophomore Emily Podzielinski rounds out the Razorback scores with a 157 with rounds of 79-78. She is tied for 64th overall. Host and No. 20 Texas moved into the lead shooting a five-over 293 on the day and has a seven stroke lead for the tournament with 581. SEC member and No.12 Florida is second with 589, followed by No. 37 Tulsa with 594, No. 7 Oklahoma State with 595 and No. 43 Pepperdine rounding out the top five with 596. The rest of the field includes UNLV in sixth with 597, No. 18 Arizona and No. 32 Kent State tied for seventh with 598, No. 39 Denver and No. 46 Arkansas tied for ninth with 601, No. 42 New Mexico with 602, Mississippi State with 607, Iowa with 610, Wisconsin with 618 and Princeton with 630. Play concludes with a shotgun start in the final round Wednesday.



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