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No. 6 Razorback women?s golf in final tune up

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 6 Razorback women?s golf in final tune up

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the links for its final tune-up before postseason at the Bryan Collegiate in Brown’s Summit, N.C., Friday-Sunday.Fresh off a team and individual title at the LSU Golf Classic last week, the Razorbacks moved up two spots in the rankings and are looking to carry the momentum into this weekend.“This is obviously a very strong field to end our regular season,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “We are coming off some pretty good momentum after the win at LSU and we’re just really trying to get ready to go again this week. We are getting healthy and rested and ready to go.”This week’s field has five teams in the top 10 headlined by second-ranked Duke. The field also includes No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 9 North Carolina. The rest of the field includes 19 Georgia, No. 23 North Carolina State, No. 26 Michigan State, No. 29 Northwestern, No. 30 Tennessee, No. 42 Florida State, No. 43 Auburn, No. 46 Wake Forest, No. 47 South Carolina, No. 66 Louisville, No. 90 UNC-Wilmington, No. 109 UNC-Greensboro and Virginia.In addition to the great field, the Razorbacks play their third consecutive “championship-style” golf course.“As you approach postseason, golf courses get longer and increase in length which is a challenge,” Estes-Taylor said. “The grass has had a chance to green up and get longer so it makes it a little more difficult with chipping a pitching.”The Razorbacks have been steady this spring with their traveling five and will again keep the lineup the same for this weekend. Junior two-time All-American Emily Tubert is coming off the individual win last weekend, her second of the season and fifth of her career.“We made some little changes over the break with her golf swing,” Estes-Taylor said of Tubert. “This win (at LSU) gives her a little more confidence and she has done a really good job of committing to her plan and executing. Her final round 72 last weekend was probably one of the best rounds of golf I’ve seen in a while in some really tough conditions. The wind was blowing abound 30 miles per hour and for her to do that and lead our team was really great.”Also traveling is freshmen Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasencia, junior Emma Lavy and senior Victoria Vela.“It’s really been a team effort this spring,” Estes-Taylor said. “Our team chemistry is fantastic and I’m really proud of all 10 of our student-athletes.”This week’s event takes place at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center on the Champions Course, a par 72, 6386 yard course in Greensboro, N.C. The Razorbacks open with North Carolina State and Tennessee in the first round.“Having had some success at LSU shows the team we are doing things right,” Estes-Taylor said. “They have to stay patient and use this boost of energy heading into this event.”



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