FAYETTEVILLE – The sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the links for the start of the spring season traveling to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, this weekend.
Arkansas had four fall, taking a win in their most recent tournament, the UA Ann Rhodes Oct. 28. Arkansas appears ready to go after the traditional winter break.
“It is a long break,” head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said, “but several players played at amateur events and various tournaments. We’ve worked a lot on course management and installed a new putting system since the team has been back on campus. This will be a good test to see how much rust we’ve knocked off.”
Senior Stacy Lewis leads the charge in her final semester of collegiate golf. The number one-ranked amateur and second-ranked collegian, Lewis won the final two tournaments in the fall and had third place finishes in the opening two events.
Junior Lucy Nunn, sophomores Alex Schulte and Tiffany Phelps and freshman Kelli Shean are also making the trip. Nunn, a Lawton, Okla., native, is a veteran of the Puerto Rico trip traveling with the team in 2005-06 on this trip. She has one top 25 finish this fall.
The seemingly short fall season is avenged in the spring with six regular season events and the possibility of two postseason weekends as the dates stretch into late May.
Arkansas follows up Puerto Rico with a trip to Orlando, Fla., for the UCF Invitational March 9-11, before a pair of weekend events that bookend spring break.
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