ORLANDO, Fla. – Three players with under-par rounds helped the ninth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team move up the leaderboard in the final round for third place at the ANNIKA Intercollege Presented by 3M in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday.
The Razorbacks tied for the second-lowest round of the day with a four-under 284 and wrapped up tournament play with an 854 (284-286-284). Arkansas finished third overall in the 12-team invitation-only event.
Senior Gabriela Lopez, facing one of the toughest fields of the year, fired three sub-par rounds shooting 67-71-71=208 and finished tied for fourth overall. She had 12 birdies on the Watson Course at Reunion. She finished tied for fourth overall.
Senior Regina Plasencia counted Arkansas’ best round of the day shooting 69 to go with back-to-back rounds of 72 for 213. She finished tied for 13th overall. Junior Summar Roachell was also under par shooting a final round 71. Roachell was steady all week with rounds of 74-71-71=216. She tied for 25th overall.
Freshman Cara Gorlei, playing in her first collegiate event, was solid with rounds of 72-74-73=219 to tie for 34th overall and teammate sophomore Alana Uriell rounded out the Razorback scoring. Uriell finished tied for 40th shooting 73-73-75=221.
The Razorbacks are mid-way through the fall schedule with two events remaining. The team travels to Ruth’s Chris Tar Hell Invitational in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Oct. 9-11, and wraps up the fall with the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 25-27.
Top-ranked Southern California won the event by 23 strokes. The Lady Trojans led the field with a seven-under 281 in the final round finishing 36-under for the three-day event. Third-ranked Arizona edged Arkansas for second place overall. The Wildcats posted a 13-under 851, three shots better than the Razorbacks.
Arkansas was two-shots better than No. 2 Duke with 856 and No. 12 Texas A&M rounded out the top five with an 859.
- Eleven of the 12 teams entered the tournament ranked in the Golfstat.com top 12
- Gabriela Lopez, Summar Roachell and Alana Uriell all played the par three holes, one-under for the tournament
- Gabriela Lopez played the par four holes one under
- Gabriela Lopez played the par five holes six under while Regina Plasencia played them five under
- Gabriela Lopez had 2 birdies in the tournament and 38 pars
- Regina Plasencia had 40 pars while Cara Gorlei had 37 over the three rounds
From Shauna Estes-Taylor
I’m really proud of our team this week. We played against a national championhip field and it is exactly the competition we need to see where we stand. We did a nice job today in the pouring down rain and I was really proud of their perseverance. It shows that when you keep your attitude in prospective in tough conditions you can climb the leaderboard. It was a complete team effort today and even though we have a couple things to come home and tidy up this week before we head out again, I’m really proud of what we did.
|1||No. 1 Southern California||276-271-281=828||-36|
|2||No. 3 Arizona||286-281-284=851||-13|
|3||No. 9 Arkansas||284-286-284=854||-10|
|4||No. 2 Duke||277-291-288=856||-8|
|5||No. 12 Texas A&M||278-286-295=859||-5|
|6||No. 4 UCLA||286-292-284=862||-2|
|7||No. 8 Tennessee||284-288-291=863||-1|
|8||No. 5 Washington||291-290-284=865||+1|
|9||No. 6 South Carolina||286-293-293=872||+8|
|10||No. 7 Stanford||289-287-297=873||+9|
|11||No. 11 LSU||291-292-297=880||+16|
|12||No. 31 UCF||290-294-302=886||+22|