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Lopez, Tubert Earn Exemptions

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Lopez, Tubert Earn Exemptions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas junior-to-be Gabriela Lopez and recent graduate Emily Tubert will be joining the professionals as sponsorship exemptions at the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championships presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club June 23-29. “The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship is a special week for not only our community, but for our women’s golf team,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “Most of our players have the dream of playing on the LPGA Tour and there is no greater measuring tool than to play against the best players in the world right here at one of our home facilities. The team competes all year to have an opportunity to tee it up during this week and this tournament gives them great feedback on where their games stand. Mike (Adams, Assistant Coach) and I are really excited about this year’s event and the potential to have five current or former Razorbacks in the field. The support our players get during this week is amazing and we could not have asked for a better way to showcase our home and program through this outlet. We have a special place here in NW Arkansas and to have the LPGA tour here in our backyard is a great piece that allows us to continue to elevate our program to even greater heights.” Lopez, a Mexico City, Mexico, native earned her first Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America honor this week after leading Arkansas to as high as No. 4 in the national polls this season. Lopez paced the team with a 72.85 stroke average and earned her second All-Southeastern Conference honor this year as well. “For Gaby, this will be another great indicator for her to test her game and give us great feedback on the things we are working on to prepare her for the LPGA,” Estes-Taylor said. “Her ultimate goal is to play the tour, and this experience is so valuable in getting her comfortable and ready for the next step in her golf career after she graduates.” Tubert is making her professional debut after recently being awarded the Dinah Shore Trophy by the LPGA Foundation. The three-time All-American wrapped up her career with six career wins, 21 top five finishes and a 72.25 career stroke average. “It will be a special week for Emily as she makes her professional debut at a place she feels comfortable and a golf course that she knows so well,” said Estes-Taylor. “This will be an opportunity for her to start her professional career with a spark!" For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.



Sports Category : Golf (W)