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Lewis eighth; Lady’Backs 11th in preseason poll

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lewis eighth; Lady’Backs 11th in preseason poll

Jump to poll FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s golf team was selected 11th in Golfweek’s preseason poll while sophomore Stacy Lewis was picked eighth. “It’s great recognition for our program and players and the accomplishments of last season,” said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. “We’ve made tremendous strides recently and I’m very proud of where we are and of what this ranking represents.” Coming off a record-setting season in 2004-05, Arkansas makes its highest appearance in a preseason poll in the 11-year history of the program. The Lady Razorbacks were one of seven Southeastern Conference teams selected in the top 30. "I don’t put a lot of weight in a preseason poll,” Hester added. "We know that it’s mostly based on what teams and players did last year and that we have to re-establish ourselves again this year." Lewis became the program’s inaugural first-team all-SEC selection this year after winning the league’s individual title. Also named SEC Freshman of the Year, Lewis went on to capture National Golf Coaches Association All-American honors as well. "I’m especially proud of Stacy being ranked eighth," Hester continued. "She has worked so hard for everything and she deserves this honor. I was a little surprised that Amanda (McCurdy) and Courtney (Mahon) weren’t mentioned in the rankings as well. I really think they are players to keep an eye on this year." Arkansas’ 11th-place ranking is a milestone for the Lady Razorback program but still demonstrates the challenges awaiting the team on the links this year. Four other Southeastern Conference opponents are ranked ahead of Arkansas headlined by fourth-ranked Georgia and No. 5 Auburn. Florida checks in in the No. 9 spot followed by 10th-ranked Tennessee. LSU is ranked 15th in the preseason polls, with Vanderbilt coming in No. 29, to round out the top 30. The Lady Razorback golf team opens the 2005-06 season Sept. 23-25, at the Mason Rudolph Championship and hosts their lone home event, the Tyson/Embassy Suites Invitational, at Pinnacle Country Club, Oct. 16-18. For more information about Arkansas golf log on to LADYBACKS.COM. Golfweek Preseason Top 30

RankTeamFinal 2004-05 Rank
1UCLA2
2Duke1
3Pepperdine4
4Georgia6
5Auburn3
6Washington10
7Arizona State5
8Southern California14
9Florida11
10Tennessee9
11ARKANSAS19
12California21
13Stanford24
14UNLV26
15LSU13
16Tulane12
17Virginia28
18UC-Irvie29
19Purdue31
20Arizona20
21Missouri16
22Wake Forest18
23New Mexico15
24Ohio State8
25TCU30
26SMU33
27Michigan State35
28Michigan27
29Vanderbilt47
30Baylor32

Top 10 Individuals

NameSchoolClass2004-05 Final Rank
1Anna GrzebienDukeJR10
2Paige MackenzieWashingtonSR23
3Violeta RetamozaTennesseeSR6
4Liz JanangeloDukeSR3
5Jane ParkUCLAFRNA
6Carolina LlanoPepperdineSR16
7Amie CochranUCLASO13
8STACY LEWISARKANSASSO15
9Leah WiggerVirginiaSO19
10Jenny SuhFurmanJR17


Sports Category : Golf (W)