MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the links this week at the Marilyn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan.
It is the second event of the young season for Arkansas and head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor can’t wait to get started.
"We can’t get to Kansas fast enough," said Estes-Taylor. "We were all very disappointed in our performance in Albuquerque (N.M.). We didn’t execute the little things as well as I’d like but there is a lot of potential in this team and I’m anxious to get back out on the course."
Arkansas finished 13th in the opener but has a chance to redeem themselves against another solid field this weekend. The Razorbacks face Creighton, Houston Baptist, Illinois State, Kansas, Kansas State, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts, St. Johns, Tulsa, UMKC and Wichita State in the program’s first-ever appearance at this event.
Estes-Taylor made a small lineup change and takes six players to the event. Junior Kelli Shean leads the way and continues to play well. Shean made the cut and finished tied for 27th at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas LPGA Championship and was Arkansas’ leader in New Mexico last weekend. Seniors Kristin Ingram, Alex Schulte and Tiffany Phelps along with sophomore Katy Nugent also make the trip. Junior Corinna Rees was in the lineup last weekend and again travels this weekend as an individual.
"This team is very positive," said Estes-Taylor. "We’re capable of going low and just need to find some consistency and confidence."
Arkansas follows up the Marilyn with a return trip to the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. The Razorbacks are making the program’s eighth appearance at this event. Arkansas wraps up the fall at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Golf Course.
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