FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s and women’s golf teams are both ranked in the top-10 in the 2013 Golfweek.com team countdown this week.& Both teams check in at No. 10 in the men’s and women’s countdowns on Sunday.
"It is always nice to be mentioned in the rankings," Arkansas women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.& "However, we know that rankings, especially preseason rankings like this, are just a starting point.& We want to work every day to be better than we were yesterday and if we do that, the rankings and wins and honors will all take care of themselves.
"We have a really strong group of returners this year who have experience on the highest levels of collegiate and amateur golf," Estes-Taylor continued.& "We ap in one newcomer who I believe will have an immediate impact on our program.& I’m excited about this group of young ladies and about all the possibilities that lay ahead of us this season."
The Razorback women return four of the five traveling players from last year’s team.& The 2013 team reached the program’s 11th consecutive NCAA Regional and made its sixth NCAA Championship appearance finishing tied for 13th overall.
Seniors Emma Lavy and All-SEC and All-American Emily Tubert return from that traveling squad along with sophomores All-SEC Gabriela Lopez and All-SEC Freshman Team selection Regina Plasencia. The rest of the team includes freshman Summar Roachell, redshirt freshmen Olivia Lavy and Kayli Quinton and senior Emily Podzielinski.
The Arkansas women’s team opens the season Sept. 9-11, at the Dale McNamara NCAA Preview in Tulsa, Okla.
On the men’s side, Arkansas sports a deep roster that features six players that have NCAA Regional experience while returning four traveling players from last year’s NCAA Championship squad. With the apition of UNLV transfer Blake Biple in the offseason, Arkansas now has five players that have earned postseason accolades in their careers, highlighted by a pair of All-American honorees and two others that have earned the Conference Freshman of the Year award in their respective league. As a whole, Arkansas’ roster has a combined 43 top 10s.
A three-time Palmer Cup participant for Team Europe and the reigning SEC Individual Champion, senior Sebastian Cappelen was highlighted as the team’s "Go-To-Guy" in Golfweek’s preview. Cappelen is the program’s all-time leader in stroke average (72.0) and is a three-time PING All-American, highlighted by last year’s third team honor.
"Preseason rankings are a good motivator, but it’s also important that we aren’t content," said head coach Brad McMakin, who has led the Razorbacks to 18 team titles in his seven years at the helm. "We’ve got a great group of guys coming back and a good crop of newcomers. This is going to be a fun team to coach and I can’t wait for the season to get started."
Fans should visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for apitional information about both men’s and women’s golf teams.
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