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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 24th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team carded a 15-over 303 in the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday.
Arkansas is 14th overall in the 18-team field after a tough opening round.
“It was a tough day for us,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We played defensive golf today instead of attacking this golf course. We had a long talk after and we know we have to attack, attack, attack. There are some birdies to be had out there.”
Junior Kristin Ingram paced Arkansas with a two-over 74 and is tied 31st leading the Razorbacks. Sophomore Kelli Shean is tied for 35th with a 75, followed by freshman Katy Nugent who is tied for 49th with 76. Junior Alex Schulte finished with a 78 and is tied for 64th and senior Lucy Nunn carded a first-round 80 and is tied for 82nd.
“Kristin has been a little under-the-weather and I was pleased with how she played today,” said Estes-Taylor. “I thought Katy did a good job too. We made an adjustment to her swing and she played really well.”
Host Tennessee leads the field after a five-under 283 on the par 72, 6,058-yard course. Number 10 North Carolina is second with a 289, followed by No. 40 North Carolina State, 290, and No. 18 LSU with 291.
“We have two days left to go out and be aggressive and attack this course,” said Estes-Taylor. “There are some birdies out there and we have to go get them.”
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