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FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis fired a four-under 68 and leads the 2008 Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Sunday.
Lewis’ 68 helped sixth-ranked Arkansas to a tie for third with an opening round 296 at the Coca Beach Golf Club. Play continues Monday and Tuesday.
“It was a really good effort today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, “especially just coming out of the blocks. I saw a lot of good things out there. Stacy continues to play good golf. She had three birdies in a row on two, three and four and then two more on nine and 10. She just missed a put on 11 to go six-under for the day.”
In addition to Lewis, Arkansas got good play from freshman Kelli Shean who carded a 75. Shean is tied for 29tg overall. Sophomore Tiffany Phelps counted a 76 and is tied for 38th, followed by junior Lucy Nunn who counted a 77 and is tied for 51st. Sophomore Alexandra Schulte is tied for 69th with a first-round 79.
“Kelli really played well today,” said Estes-Taylor. “It was really windy and she made some good adjustments on the cross winds. Tiffany birdied her last two holes coming in to get to 76 and finished strong.
“We’re in contention,” Estes-Taylor continued. “We’re right where we want to be and I’m looking forward to the next two days.”
Southeastern Conference rival Alabama is atop the field after a first-round 293. They are tied with TCU, who was also five-over on the par 72, 6,168-yard course. Arkansas is tied with Florida State in third with 296 followed by LSU and Central Florida who are tied for fifth at 297. Georgia is seventh with 298 and South Carolina, Kent State, Tennessee and Purdue are tied at 299 to round out the top 10.
The Lady Razorbacks continue play Monday and Tuesday. For all of the latest scores and results, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.