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Lewis Lady’Backs win in Alabama

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lewis Lady’Backs win in Alabama

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FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis made it two in a row winning the UA Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate and leading the Lady Razorbacks to the team title in the final event of the fall.

Lewis, who won the Stanford Intercollegiate last weekend, finished even par at the par 71, 5,963-yard North River Golf Course in Tuscaloosa. The Woodlands, Texas, native counted a pair of sub-par rounds shooting a 213. Her scores included a 68 in the first round followed by a 76 and finally a 69 on Sunday. Lewis’ round of 213 ranks tied for fifth all time.

"We’ve talked about winning all year," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes. "From our first team meeting, we’ve talked about winning tournaments as our goal and it’s great to see all of that hard work pay off. This team has worked so hard not only at their golf games, but in conditioning as well and it’s great to see that effort pay off. Conditions were tough again today. It took about six-and-a-half hours to play – it’s a hard golf course – and it was a very good win."

Lewis also paced sixth-ranked Arkansas to an eight stroke win over No. 7 Auburn who made a late charge to finish second. The Lady’Backs had the second best round of the day finishing with a 291 for an 886 (295-300-291). Arkansas’ three-day total ties their season-best (also at Stanford last weekend) and ties the sixth-best three-round total in program history.

Fifth-ranked Florida counted the lowest round of the day with a 289 and finished third overall with an 896. Number 19 Notre Dame 9298-300-299) and No. 38 Louisville (297-299-301) tied for fourth overall with 897. Also in the top 10 was Furman (899), No. 15 Alabama (905), No. 35 South Carolina (905), No. 33 Texas (908) and No. 26 Louisiana State (912).

Sophomore Kristin Ingram posted her career-best round since becoming a Lady Razorback. The Pasadena, Calif., native finished tied for 13th overall with a 224 including a final round 71 to go with a 77 and 76 in the previous rounds. Freshman Alex Schulte (75-80-74) and junior Lucy Nunn (76=5-77-77) tied for 34th overall at 229 and freshman Kelli Shean tied for 41st with a 230 (80-71-79).

"Kristin was key in today’s win," said Estes. "She birdied her last two holes and got up and down well. Stacy’s success is contagious. She makes people around her better and we are seeing everyone raise their level of play."

The UA Ann Rhoads concludes the fall schedule for the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas returns to the links Feb. 24-26, at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

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