FAYETTEVILLE — The second-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Course May 18-23.
Arkansas is making the program’s ninth NCAA team appearance and the Razorbacks are paced by the No. 1 collegiate player in Maria Fassi. Fassi moved into the top spot after leading Arkansas to the program’s first NCAA Regional Championship. She earned medalist honors as well winning her seventh title this year.
The balance in the lineup has been a key to Arkansas’ success this season. Fassi leads the Razorbacks with a 69.67 stroke average with junior Dylan Kim and senior Alana Uriell close behind at 71.37 and 71.43, respectively.
Kaylee Benton and Cara Gorlei round out the traveling five this week. Benton won the 18th hole in match play securing the program’s first Southeastern Conference title in April. She had a strong performance at the NCAA Austin Regional as well with a tie for fourth place.
Gorlei has counted 70 birdies on the year and played 260 par holes. She has set personal bests for low round, score versus par and stroke average this season. She advanced to the NCAA Championship last year as an individual.
About the NCAA Championship
Dates: May 18-23, 2018
Course: Karsten Creek Golf Club
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
The Razorbacks’ best finish at an NCAA Championship came in 2011 with a tie for fifth place at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas. Former Razorback Stacy Lewis won the individual title in 2007 and Arkansas has had a pair of individual runner-up finishes.
Razorback Lineup (Golfstat.com ranking)
No. 1 Maria Fassi – 69.67
No. 12 Dylan Kim – 71.37
No. 13 Alana Uriell – 71.43
No. 106 Kaylee Benton – 73.87
No. 151 Cara Gorlei – 73.88
• There are 19 teams from the Golfstat Top 25 are in the field including everyone in the top-10
• Five Southeastern Conference schools are in the field
• Arkansas is a combined 49-4-1 against the field. The Razorbacks are 3-3 against Alabama and 2-1-1 against Duke for their only non-wins. Arkansas has not faced Arizona or Washington this season.
6. Southern California
10. Arizona State
16. Kent State
18. Wake Forest
21. Florida State
27. Ohio State
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