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Razorbacks third in Knoxville

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks third in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The 14th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team moved into a tie for third place after a second round 295 at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate at Holston Hills Country Club Saturday.The Razorbacks trail leader, host and No. 31 Tennessee by 22 strokes. TCU moved into second place with 584 followed by Arkansas who is in the clubhouse with 586 (291-295).“This golf course gives you so many opportunities to score and I feel like we gave a couple away today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We did so some really good things and we just have to build on that and finish strong tomorrow.”Senior Kelli Shean was even Saturday counting a 72 to go with her first round 69 for 141. She is fifth overall.Shean’s round had three birdies and three bogies on the day.“Kelli is just an unbelievable ball-striker,” Estes-Taylor said. “She needs to get a couple more putts to drop but she does so many things right and is fun to watch.”Freshman Emily Tubert is tied for 22nd overall with rounds of 74-73 for 147. Redshirt freshman and Fayetteville, Ark., native Emma Lavy is tied for 30th with 149 (73-76) followed by senior Corinna Rees who is tied for 35th in the clubhouse with a 150 (75-75). Victoria Vela improved her first round score shooting a 75 in the second rounds for 154 (79-75). She is tied for 56th overall.“Emma is getting a little ahead of herself,” Estes-Taylor said, “but that can happen on the type of golf course. It’s easy to look ahead and think about your next shot. She is has to go back to one stroke at a time and focus on that. If she can do that, she’ll post a good number for us.“Emma is doing a great job,” Estes-Taylor continued. “She is solid, a fundamentally sound player and if she gets the putter going she can really go low. This golf course sets up really nicely for her.”Arkansas is tied with SEC rival Ole Miss and No. 18 Kent State with a 586. The rest of the top 10 includes No. 12 Note Dame in sixth with 588, Furman in seventh with 591, No. 43 UT-Chattanooga is eighth with 593, Georgia State is ninth with 598 and UTSA is 10th with 599.James Madison (603), Kentucky (604), Coastal Carolina (605), East Tennessee State (618) and UNC-G (621) round out the rest of the scores.“We have to trust our yardages and but confident in our decision-making and we can finish strong tomorrow,” Estes-Taylor said.



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