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Razorback women?s golf in Chapel Hill

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback women?s golf in Chapel Hill

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s golf team takes on a talented field and a tough golf course this week at the 2012 Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday-Sunday. The Razorbacks, ranked No. 37 in this week’s golfstat.com poll, face five teams inside the top 20 in the 18-team field. “It’s a very strong field so we have to come out of the gate ready to go but we are really looking forward to the opportunity to get back on the course in competition this week,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. The stacked field includes second-ranked Duke, No. 3 Florida, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 13 Auburn, No. 16 North Carolina State and No. 25 Kentucky. The rest of the field includes No. 34 Baylor, No. 49 Central Florida, No. 83 Colorado, No. 64 LSU, No. 53 Louisville, No. 91 Michigan, No. 50 Ole Miss, No. 27 North Carolina, No. 56 South Carolina, Virginia and No. 48 Wake Forest. The three-day event takes place at the par 72, 6,285-yard Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. This is the second consecutive year that Arkansas has played the course and that experience is sure to help the Razorbacks in the early rounds. “It’s a very good golf course,” Estes-Taylor said. “It’s an old school traditional course that fits our game well. We’ve tried to create some practices that incorporate what we will see there.” Arkansas has had the added benefit of one of the deepest teams in recent years and Estes-Taylor notes the qualifying is great preparation for the tournaments. “The competition in practice has been amazing,” Estes-Taylor said. “We have some depth and we have to be sharp on the qualifying days to earn the traveling spots.” Making the trip this week is two-time All-American junior Emily Tubert, freshman Gabriela Lopez, senior Victoria Vela, junior Emma Lavy and freshman Regina Plasencia. “We have been working on sharpening some of the things we saw in the first event and we’ve been teaching a lot,” Estes-Taylor said. “This is the time of year we work on making some of the bigger changes. We have also done a lot of on course management and situational training. We are itching to get back on the road. We have enjoyed the time to work closely with the student-athletes but we are all ready to get back out there.” Tee times begin at 7:51 a.m. central off of the first and 10th tees on Friday and Saturday with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.



Sports Category : Golf (W)