BRYAN, Texas – The 11th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team carded a first round 305 and is tied for 16th after round one of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championship in Bryan, Texas, Wednesday.
Arkansas teed off in the tougher afternoon conditions battling high, humid temperatures and gusty, unpredictable winds. They return to the Traditions Golf Course for an 8:55 a.m. start in the second of the four rounds.
"Ya know I think the first round today is kind of the story of our season," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "We started out kinda rough and got better in the middle and let a couple get away again at the end. Despite that, we are in a good position with a lot of golf left to play. We have a quick turn around and play in the morning and I think we can take advantage of the different conditions and we’ll see what happens."
Senior Kelli Shean finished as the lowest Razorback in the first round. The Cape Town, South Africa, native fired a three-over 75 and is tied for 42nd in the 125 player field. Shean and the Razorbacks opened play on the 10th hole and she was three-over after nine. Shean played the front side even with three birdies and three bogeys in her round.
Freshman Emily Tubert posted a first-day 76 and is tied for 57th overall. Tubert was plus-one through 14 holes but suffered a double on the par four sixth hole. She was one of three Razorbacks who bogeyed the final hole.
Senior Corinna Rees and sophomore Victoria Vela are tied for 70th overall with rounds of 77. Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy rounds out the Arkansas scored with an 80 and she is tied for 104th overall.
Second-ranked UCLA leads the field with a plus-one 289. The top 10 includes No. 5 Virginia in second with 291 followed by No. 4 Purdue and No. 7 LSU in a tie for third with 292. The 25th-ranked Florida Gators are fifth with 294 followed by No. 27 Texas A&M with 295, No. 10 Arizona State with 296, No. 22 Vanderbilt with 297, No. 13 Wake Forest with 298 and No. 9 Tennessee in 10th with 299.
One of the field favorites is third-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide are 11th with 301, followed by No. 1 Southern California and No. 32 South Carolina are tied for 12th with 302. Second round action continues Thursday on the par 72, 6,260-yard course near the campus of Texas A&M University.