FAYETTEVILLE – The 16th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team travels to Palo Alto, Calif., taking part in the SEC-Pac 10 Challenge hosted by Stanford University Nov. 5-7. It is the final event of the fall for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has won two events and was the runner-up in the third event this fall behind the stellar play of freshman Emily Tubert and senior Kelli Shean. Tubert has won two of her first three collegiate events while Shean has been second twice.
"I can’t say enough about their leadership," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "This team is just so great together. They have the best chemistry of any team I’ve ever been around. They work well together and push each other to be better."
Arkansas faces its biggest challenge of the fall at the SEC-Pac 10 Challenge. This week’s field includes No. 3 Alabama, No. 10 Arizona, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 24 Auburn, No. 4 California, No. 26 Florida, No. 7Georgia, No. 58 Kentucky, No. 1 LSU, No. 99 Mississippi State, No. 30 Ole Miss, No. 27 Oregon, No. 87 Oregon State, No. 33 South Carolina, No. 2 Southern California, No. 36 Stanford, No. 21 Tennessee, No. 5 UCLA, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 29 Washington and No. 103 Washington State.
"This week’s going to be challenging for us," Estes-Taylor said. "It’s a national championship field. I think we’ll really get a good test of where we stand against some of the best teams in the country."
The "starting" five remain the same for Arkansas as it has been in the previous three tournaments. Tuert and Shean lead the way along with senior Corinna Rees, sophomore Victoria Vela and redshirt freshman Emma Lavy.
"The team is playing very polished golf," Estes-Taylor said. "I expected this from this squad. They are a veteran squad in terms of their experience. I expect great things out of Emily. She has all the tools. Kelli’s had a very exciting past couple of weeks and teed it up and did a nice job for us. Corinna is maybe the player who has surprised me the most. She has really had a great fall – the best of her collegiate career.
"I can say enough about Emma and Vickie as well," Estes-Taylor continued. "Everyone is working hard to get better as individuals but also to try and make the team better."
The Razorbacks continue with practice and conditioning until returning to the links for the Central District Invitational Feb. 21-22, in Parrish, Fla. It is the first of five regular season events in the spring prior to the SEC Championship April 15-17, 2011 in Auburn, Ala.
"We want to end on a good note," Estes-Taylor said of the event. "We have done a lot of positive things this fall but a good performance at Stanford would be the cherry on top."