TRINITY, Texas — University of Arkansas sophomore Gabriela Lopez helped Team Mexico to a tie for 10th place at The Spirit International Amateur Championship in Trinity, Texas, this week. Lopez, a Mexico City, Mexico, native, tied for 28th overall in the women’s individual competition. She and countrywoman Marijosse Navarro tied for 9th while the men’s and women’s combined team tied for 10th in the 20-team competition at Whispering Pines Golf Club. The event was plagued by bad weather early but teams were able to complete three of the four scheduled rounds.
The event was established in 2001 as a biennial competition featuring 20 countries with five championships, the men’s and women’s individual titles, the men’s and women’s team titles and the overall title.& All 80 participants enjoy an Olympic-like experience including opening ceremonies, international village accommodations, dinner parties, closing ceremonies and a scheduled 72-hole golf event where the world’s best amateur golfers compete for gold medals.
The Spirit is hosted by the World Health & Golf Association, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting amateur golf for the benefit of health related causes. Lopez made her second appearance for Team Mexico, first competing in 2011 as an incoming freshman at Arkansas.& She competed against current Razorback teammate Emily Tubert who represented the USA that season. For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.