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Razorbacks tee it up in Knoxville this week

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks tee it up in Knoxville this week

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 46 University of Arkansas women’s golf team takes on another impressive field this weekend at the Mercedes Benz SEC-Pac 12 Challenge at Holston Hill Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The Razorbacks are competing in the third of four events this fall and have faced the nation’s best teams each week. This competition is no exception with 10 of the 12 Southeastern Conference schools inside the Golfstat.com top 50 including four of the top 10 teams in No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 6 Alabama and No. 8 Auburn. The 11-team Pac 12 contingency boasts defending national champion UCLA, ranked No. 1 this week along with No. 5 Southern California and No. 10 Arizona State among its leaders. “This is certainly a championship field and it will again challenge us on the golf course,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “But my philosophy has always been that to be the best you have to beat the best and this tournament gives us that opportunity.” Arkansas has gotten out a slow start but rallied in the final round of their last tournament shooting even par. That round has sparked some renewed energy in the Razorbacks who are excited about this trip. “One of our players said that even par round was the beginning of the rest of our year and that’s how everyone has approached this week in practice and for this event,” Estes-Taylor said. “That last round was much more indicative of the way we can play. The team is really excited to get back out on the road and test themselves.” Arkansas is paced by sophomore Emily Tubert, ranked tied for 27th this week by Golfstat.com. The Burbank, Calif., native is a returning All-American and All-SEC selection from a year ago and has been the Razorbacks’ low finisher in the first two events of the year. Sophomore Emma Lavy, junior Victoria Vela and redshirt sophomore Emily Podzielinski all make their third trip for the Cardinal and White this week. Joining the traveling five this week is freshman Hally Leadbetter. Leadbetter is making her first collegiate start and Estes-Taylor is excited about what the youngster brings to the table. “Hally adds a nice spark to the group,” Estes-Taylor said. “She has been progressing in her training on and off the golf course and I’m excited to get her in there to have an opportunity in that fifth spot.” Arkansas is scheduled for a 10:10 tee time for Leadbetter off the 10th tee. She is followed by Podzielinski at 10:20, Vela at 10:30, Lavy and 10:40 and Tubert at 10:50. The Razorbacks play in foursomes with Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Colorado.



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