GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Arkansas senior Corinna Rees fired a first-round 69 and finished four-over leading the No. 22 Razorbacks to third place after the first day of the Florida SunTrust Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday.
Rees, a Pebble Beach, Calif., native, tied her collegiate career-low with a 69 and paired that with a 75 in the second round for a 144. Rees is tied for ninth overall.
The Razorbacks opened play with a 298 and dropped two strokes with a 296 in the second round on a windy day at the Mark Bostick Golf Course, a par 70, 6,002-yard course. They are in third place with 594.
"Corinna played very well to open the tournament," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "She really kept us in it early."
Freshman Emily Tubert played the first round six over but rallied playing just one-over on the second 18. Tubert is in the clubhouse with a seven-over 147 (76-71). Tubert is 20th overall.
"It was good to see Emily come back and play well in the second round," Estes-Taylor said.
Sophomore Victoria Vela also improved in the second round posting a 75 to go with her first round 76 for 151. Vela is tied for 28th. Senior Kelli Shean and redshirt freshman Emma Lavy are tied for 44th overall.
Shean carded a 79-75 for 154 and Lavy was consistent with 77-77 for a 154.
"This is a golf course that takes a lot of creativity in your shot selection and it’s a course that teams can get better on the more you play," Estes-Taylor said. "I thought we were much-improved over our first tournament and I think we can move up the leaderboard in the final round Monday."
The host and 34th-ranked Gators lead the field with a 12-over 572. Florida counted a 280 in the first round paired with a 292 in the afternoon. Thirty-eighth-ranked Florida State is second with a 589 followed by No. 22 Arkansas with 594. There is a three-way tie for fourth between No. 11 Iowa State (302-294), No. 46 Coastal Carolina (290-306) and No. 29 Colorado (300-296) all in the clubhouse with 596.
The rest of the field includes No. 30 Ohio State in seventh with 599, followed by No. 35 Chattanooga in eighth with 601, Georgia State in ninth with 602 and Texas Tech rounds out the top 10 in 10th with 607.
Central Florida is in 11th with 608, Augusta State in 12th with 609, No. 28 Kent State in 13th with 610, James Madison in 14th with 619, UNC-Greensboro in 15yh with 625, Missouri in 16th witih 628 and Stetson in 17th with 641.
Play continues with final round action Monday in a morning start.