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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

Rank Team Final 2004-05 Rank
1 UCLA 2
2 Duke 1
3 Pepperdine 4
4 Georgia 6
5 Auburn 3
6 Washington 10
7 Arizona State 5
8 Southern California 14
9 Florida 11
10 Tennessee 9
11 ARKANSAS 19
12 California 21
13 Stanford 24
14 UNLV 26
15 LSU 13
16 Tulane 12
17 Virginia 28
18 UC-Irvie 29
19 Purdue 31
20 Arizona 20
21 Missouri 16
22 Wake Forest 18
23 New Mexico 15
24 Ohio State 8
25 TCU 30
26 SMU 33
27 Michigan State 35
28 Michigan 27
29 Vanderbilt 47
30 Baylor 32

Top 10 Individuals

Name School Class 2004-05 Final Rank
1 Anna Grzebien Duke JR 10
2 Paige Mackenzie Washington SR 23
3 Violeta Retamoza Tennessee SR 6
4 Liz Janangelo Duke SR 3
5 Jane Park UCLA FR NA
6 Carolina Llano Pepperdine SR 16
7 Amie Cochran UCLA SO 13
8 STACY LEWIS ARKANSAS SO 15
9 Leah Wigger Virginia SO 19
10 Jenny Suh Furman JR 17


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