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Razorbacks, Tubert 15th in North Carolina

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks, Tubert 15th in North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —University of Arkansas women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor gave an effective pep talk after Saturday’s round and the Razorbacks responded with the fifth-best round of the day to wrap up the Lady Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sunday. Arkansas carded an even par 288 finishing 15th overall with an 890 (300-302-288). “Obviously it was a much better round today,” Estes-Taylor said. “We created a roadmap to success at the beginning of the year and have not followed that plan very well until today. I challenged the group last night to bring out all nine of those characteristics; to believe, have courage, have passion and all of those things and we did an awesome job with that today.” Sophomore Emily Tubert and sophomore transfer Emily Podzielinski both played two-under golf on Sunday. Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native finished tied for 15th overall with a 271 for the three-day event. Tubert shot 72-75-70. She finished strong with three birdies coming in. “Emily played more like Emily today,” Estes-Taylor said. “She was able to post a number that is more representative of what she is capable of.” Podzielinski, a Nobelsville, Ind., native, rallied with a final round 70 as well after rounds of 80-77 to open play. She finished tied for 73rd with a 227 in her second event as a Razorback. “Pods did a fantastic job today,” Estes-Taylor said. “We need that from her. The four and fives in the lineup are super important and they need to play well for us to be successful.” Sophomore Emma Lavy finished tied for 55th overall with a 225. Lavy shot 74-79-72 for the tournament. “Emma stayed committed and focused on our process and I’m proud of her performance today,” Estes-Taylor said. “Her round didn’t start the way she wanted but she really hung in there.” Junior Victoria Vela finished tied for 64th with a 226. Vela shot 77-73-76. Freshman Audrey Monssoh tied for 86th in her first collegiate event. Monssoh shot 77-77-78=232. “We are looking at today as the beginning of our year and are going to use it to build confidence as we move forward,” Estes-Taylor said. Ninth-ranked LSU won the tournament playing eight-under with an 856. The top 10 included No. 8 Alabama with 860, No. 6 Auburn with 861, No. 5 North Carolina with 862, No. 14 North Carolina State with 869, No. 28 Tennessee and No. 16 Georgia tied for sixth with 870, No. 30 Michigan State and No. 47 Wake Forest tied for eighth with 877 and No. 11 Duke in 10th with 879. Arkansas returns to the course Oct. 21-23, at the SEC-Pac 12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn.



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