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LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis finished with an even par-216 tying for third place and leading the Lady Razorbacks to a third place team finish at the Wildcat Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky., Monday.
Lewis closed with a 71 Monday for 216. She was just three strokes behind medalist Courtney Harter of Alabama who won with a 213.
"It was a good start," said first-year head coach Shauna Estes. "We really finished strong today. We had fallen a couple spots early and made up some ground coming in. We know where we’re at and have some things to work on but I’m proud of the team and pleased with the start."
Arkansas finished with a 299 in the final round pairing with a 298-301 for 898. That was good for a third place team finish behind winner Alabama with 877 and second place Florida with an 885.
Sophomore Kristin Ingram finished tied for 16th overall with a 226 (75-76-75) putting together three consistent rounds and freshman Kelli Shean finished tied for 18th overall with an 11-over 227 (78-74-75).
"It was good to see our younger players step up and score low for us," said Estes. "That’s great not only for this season but for seasons to come."
Junior Lucy Nunn carded a 234 (79-77-78) and tied for 33rd while sophomore Alex Schulte tied for 40th with a 236 (76-75-85). Sophomore Tanica van As played as an individual and finished tied for 42nd with a 237 (77-78-82).
The tournament field was filled with Southeastern Conference as well as NCAA Central and NCAA Eastern division opponents with the Lady’Backs holding their own.
Arkansas’ third-place showing was just better than host Kentucky who finished fourth at 910. The Wildcats were followed by SEC rival Mississippi State who was fifth with 921. Middle Tennessee State (923) was sixth followed by Central Florida (924), South Florida (925), Miami (935) and Illinois (940) rounding out the top 10 teams.
The Lady Razorbacks return to the links Oct. 12-14, taking part in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic hosted by Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., in the second of four fall events.
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