BRYAN, Texas – The 11th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team is making the turn in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Championship at Traditions Golf Course in Bryan, Texas, Wednesday.
Temperatures soared and the winds picked up from the morning rounds but Arkansas was on pace to be in the top half of the field with the first nine holes in the books.
As a team, Arkansas was seven-over and tied for seventh in the field of 24 teams.
Sophomore Victoria Vela turned first. She opened on the 10th hole and hooked her tee shot into some trees to card an eight on the par five. Vela rallied on the next hole with a two on the par three and turned plus three for the first nine holes.
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy also struggled on her first hole with an eight on the 10th hole. She pared 11,12, 15, 16 and 18 and turned with a plus-six 46 for the first nine.
Senior Corinna Rees finished her opening nine holes on fire with three birdies. Rees birded 10 but doubled 11. She picked up bogies on 13 and 15 and was three over but Rees shot two, three, four on the pars three, four and five holes before the turn. She is even after hitting her third shot within six inches of the pin on 18.
Senior Kelli Shean made the turn plus three. Shean bogeyed four of the first five holes but rallied with birdies on 16 and 18 for 39 in the first nine holes. Shean drained a 25 foot putt on the slow green on 18 before the turn.
Freshman Emily Tubert was the final Razorback to get nine holes in the books. Tubert opened with a pair of bogies but got a stroke back with a birdie on the 14th hole. Tubert pared her final three holes to turn at two-over through nine.