HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The third-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team posts a round one 289 and is in fourth place at the Fifth Annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Friday.
Highlights from round one will air on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive between 6:30-9:30 a.m. central.
Arkansas got out to a slow start and had to work its way back up the leaderboard for the strong finish. The fourth-place Razorbacks counted a 289 and are 11-strokes back of leader No. 4 Alabama who opened with a six-under 278. Virginia, ranked No. 32 in the Golfweek standings, is second with 281 followed by No. 42 Vanderbilt with 282. Arkansas’ 289 and No. 45 North Carolina’s 290 round out the top-five team scores.
Freshman Maria Fassi, who joined the Razorbacks in December, leads the team with an even-par 71 in the first round. Fassi was two-over at the turn but had three of her four birdies on the back nine to finish even on the day. She is tied for ninth overall.
Fassi graduated early and joined the team this semester winning her first collegiate event in the spring opener in Puerto Rico.
Freshman Cara Gorlei finished the day tied for 16th overall with a one-over 72. Gorlei started strong shooting one-under on the back nine of the golf course but she picked up a pair of bogies on the front side for her 72. Her round of 72 ties her career low as a Razorback matching the even-par 72 she posted in round one of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
Junior Summar Roachell played to a tie for 16th overall as well. The Conway, Arkansas, native began play shooting bogey-par-bogey but she rallied with a birdie on No. 15 turning just one-over. Roachell added a bogey and a birdie on the front nine of the course counting a one-over 72 in round one.
It is the third time Roachell has carded a round of 72 this season and ties the second-best round of the season.
Sophomore Alana Uriell finished the day three-over shooting 74. The Carlsbad, California, native opened play on the back nine and was even until her eighth hole when she bogeyed to turn one-over.
Uriell recovered with back-to-back par holes but stumbled with a bogey, double combination moving to four-over with six holes to play. She got one stroke bad moving to three-under with a birdie on No. 6 and finished even for the last three holes. Uriell is tied for 31st overall.
Senior Regina Plasencia rounds out the Razorback scores with an 80 and is tied for 86th after Friday’s play. Arkansas continues play Saturday and Sunday in the second event of the spring schedule. Arkansas travels to the LSU Tiger Classic March 20-22; the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic April 1-3 and begins postseason play at the SEC Championship in Birmingham, Alabama, April 15-17