FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s golf team tees it up at the 38th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Friday-Sunday, as spring competition continues.
The Razorbacks are in the midst of the championship half of their season with just one regular season event after the Liz Murphey. Then it’s on to the postseason beginning with the SEC Championships, followed by NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championship as the season wraps up.
This year Arkansas has played solid golf and is head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor is looking to finalize her lineup as the postseason looms.
Estes-Taylor gets another look at her team on a golf course that is very familiar.
“As always, I’m very excited to return to my old stomping grounds,” said the 2000 University of Georgia graduate. “It brings back many great memories of my playing days at Georgia. I get excited to be able to share some of theins and outs of The University of Georgia Golf Course with my team. This is a very seasoned group with regards to this golf course. Three of the five traveling have seen this golf course many times.”
Estes-Taylor is referring to junior Kelli Shean, senior Kristin Ingram and junior Corinna Rees all of whom have played the course. Also traveling is senior Tiffany Phelps and freshman Victoria Vela this week. Vela was Arkansas’ top finisher at last week’s Tiger/Wave Golf Classic.
Shean continues to lead the team and has gone low for Arkansas in all of the other events. She leads the team and ranks in the top 10 in the Southeastern Conference with a 73.0 stroke average this year.
Although Arkansas has played well in many events, Estes-Taylor continues to strive for more consistency in the scores and in the lineup.
“We have been able to rest upa little with this being our spring break and I look for a very driven five this week,” she said. We have focused on weak spots and have developed practices this past week that ignites fierce competition. This will be very valuable as we head into this very strong field. Wewill developour game plan and try to execute our shots and minimize some of the mistakes we have made in the previous three events. This will be special week and I’m excited to get it started.”
The competition is again tough for the third consecutive week as the Razorbacks face a large field that includes: Alabama, Auburn, Denver, Duke, Florida, Furman, Georgia, Georgia State, Kent State, Michigan State, ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, Virginia and Wake Forest.