ORLANDO, Fla. – Senior Gabriela Lopez fired a five-under 67 and is tied for second overall leading the ninth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team to a tie for fourth place after round one action at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M in Orlando, Florida, Sunday.
Lopez and the Razorbacks are facing one of the toughest fields of the season with 11 of the 12 teams inside the top 12 this weekend. Arkansas is in the clubhouse with a 284, eight strokes off the lead after round one.
Lopez’s round was solid from the start. She opened on the 10th hole and had five consecutive par holes finding her rhythm. The Mexico City, Mexico, native got her first birdie on the 15th hole and added her second on the 17th hole to turn two-under.
Lopez then birdied three more holes on the front nine dropping shots on the first, third and sixth holes to finish five-under. Teammate and countrywoman Regina Plasencia carded an even par 72 and is tied with Razorback freshman Cara Gorlei who also shot 72 for 29th overall.
Sophomore Alana Uriell is one-over shooting 73 and is tied for 34th while junior Summar Roachell is tied for 42nd shooting 74.
Play continues at the Watson Course through Tuesday.
From Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor
Gaby’s (Lopez) round of golf was tremendous. It was solid out of her all day. I felt like it was a pretty good group effort all day. We let a couple shots slip coming in the house but overall it was a good day. I’m really proud of Cara (Gorlei) in her first collegiate event to shoot even par is great. Alana and Regina were solid but couldn’t get any putts to drop today. We have two more days to move up the leaderboard and it’s out there to get. We are looking forward to two more days and I’m really proud of how hard this group works and the effort they put in and they have good attitudes. We’re going to go out and try to take care of things tomorrow.
|1.||No. 1 Southern California||276||-12|
|2.||No. 2 Duke||277||-11|
|3||No. 12 Texas A&M||278||-10|
|T4.||No. 8 Tennessee||284||-4|
|T6.||No. 3 Arizona||286||-2|
|T6.||No. 6 South Carolina||286||-2|
|9.||No. 7 Stanford||289||+1|
|10.||No. 31 UCF||290||+2|
|T11.||No. 11 LSU||291||+3|
|T11.||No. 5 Washington||291||+3|