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Cara Gorlei
Cara Gorlei

Cara Gorlei

Junior | 5-7 | Cape Town, South Africa/Milnerton HS

COLLEGIATE HONORS
Member of the University of Arkansas Athletic Director’s list | Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

2016-17 BESTS
Low Round:
68 (Second round of ANNIKA, Set. 26, 2016; Second round UTSA Maryb S. Kauth Invitation, Oct. 24, 2016)
Low Tournament: 213 (72-70-71 at LSU Tiger Classic, April 7-9, 2017)
Best Finish: 3rd at LSU Tiger Classic, April 7-9, 2017

COLLEGIATE BESTS
Low Round:
68 (Second round of ANNIKA, Set. 26, 2016; Second round UTSA Maryb S. Kauth Invitation, Oct. 24, 2016)
Low Tournament: 213 (72-70-71 at LSU Tiger Classic, April 7-9, 2017)
Best Finish: 3rd at LSU Tiger Classic, April 7-9, 2017

AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17)
At the NCAA Championship – TBA … Was Arkansas’ low finisher with a tie for seventh place at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional to advance to the National Championship … Had two top-5 finishes … Finished the year with a 446-274 win-loss record … Shaved more than one stroke off of her average from her freshman to sophomore season … Posted career-best round of 68 twice as a sophomore … She 213 at LSU recording her best tournament total and her best finish as a Razorback … Twelve rounds of par or better … Second on the team in stroke average … Was Arkansas’ low finisher in three events and was in the top two four times.

AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)
Played in 10 of the team’s 11 events as a true freshman in 2015-16 … Season/Career best round of 72 in her first round as a collegiate player at the ANNIKA … Tied that with a 72 at the Stanford NCAA Regional … Bettered that with a second-round 71 at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon … Season/Career best three-round 219 at the ANNIKA … First career top-10 finish with a tie for ninth place at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic … Fourth player from South Africa on the Razorback squad (Catherine Beckett, Kelli Shean, Tanica van As) … Ranks No. 39th on the SEC leaderboard, 125th in Golfstat.com and 149th in Golfweek.com rankings.

PRIOR TO ARKANSAS
Cara Gorlei joined the University of Arkansas women’s golf team for the 2015-16 season … Gorlei is a Western Province, South Africa native and the fourth player from South Africa to play for the Razorbacks … Came through the ranks playing WGSA amateur events and was the No. 1 ranked junior in South Africa in 2013 … She won both her U18 Junior National titles in the same year … Represented South Africa at Junior & Senior level including The World Amateur Team Espirito Santo Trophy, Japan 2014 & Mexico 2016 … Winner of numerous WGSA Provincial titles, she was awarded the WGSA Player of the Year 2014-15 … Gorlei reached the No. 1 ranked South African in the WAGR in 2016-17 … Her low score is an 8-under 64.

PERSONAL
Born March 25, 1996 … Daughter of Remo and Marcia Gorlei … Has an older brother Marco … She plans to major in kinesiology … Would like to play professional golf after graduation and she notes that her favorite athlete is former Razorback Stacy Lewis.

FROM SHAUNA ESTES-TAYLOR
I did some research and decided to make the long trek across the world to watch Cara play in two events in Cape Town, South Africa, last year. I knew after one golf swing that we had found a future Razorback. I am so excited to have Cara join @RazorbackWGolf. She will bring a tremendous amount of international golf experience to our team as well a game that is fundamentally sound. She plays with a lot of passion and that is something that Mike and I value in the recruiting process. Cara has a great family who has sacrificed and supported her dream of playing golf in the United States. Arkansas women’s golf definitely got better today with the addition of Cara and I’m excited about the continued depth that she brings to our 2015-2016 squad.

2016-17 (Sophomore Season)      
TournamentDate(s)RoundsScoresParPlaceW-L
ANNIKA IntercollegiateSept. 25-27, 2016372-68-75=215-126/6034-25
Powerade Cougar ClassicOct. 2-4, 2016373-72-72=2171t27/10881-26
Tar Heel InvitationalOct. 14-16, 2016373-76-76=2259t51/9645-50
UTSA Maryb S. Kauth InvitationalOct. 23-25, 2016379-68-75=2226t37/7538-36
Lady Puerto Rico Classic2/12-14/2017378-76-80=23418t66th/8014-65
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate3/3-5/2017377-76-73=22613t47th/9043-46
LSU Tiger Classic3/24-26/2017372-70-71=213-33rd/9087-2
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic4/7-9/2017172ET4/6056-3
Match 1 vs. Auburnlost Michaela Owen, 2 and 1
Match 2 vs. Georgialost Harang Lee, 6 and 5
Match 3 vs. Denverdef. Lauren Whyte, 4 and 3
SEC Championship4/21-23/2017371-73-72=216Et22nd/7048-21
NCAA Columbus Regional5/8-10/2017374-72-74=2204t7th/9689-6
SEASON TOTALS282060 Avg. 73.572-535-280
2015-16 (Freshman Season)
TournamentDate(s)RoundsScoresParPlaceW-L
ANNIKA Intercollegiate9/27-29/2015372-74-73=2193t34th/6026-33
Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational10/9-11/2015378-73-73=2248t29th/9667-28
The Alamo Invitational10/25-27, 2015383-73-74=2301459th/7819-58
Lady Puerto Rico Classic2/14-16/2016375-73-76=2248t27th/8861-26
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate3/4-6/2016372-77-82=23118t70th/9020-69
LSU Tiger Golf Classic3/20-22/2016373-77-77=22711t9th/9687-8
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic4/1-3/20161724t38th/60
Match 1 vs. Auburndef. Jamie Yun (Auburn), 3-and-2
Match 2 vs. Oregon Statedef. Chelsea Saelee (Oregon St.), 1-up
Match 3 vs. Dukedef. Lisa Maguire (Duke), 2-and-1
SEC Championship4/15-17/2016376-74-76=22610t31st/7039-30
Stanford NCAA Regional Championship5/6-8/2016372-73-77=2229t30th/9666-29
NCAA Championship5/20-25/2016473-71-76-72=2924t36th/13296-35
VERSUS PAR29893.07
Cara Gorlei
SeasonRoundsStrokesLo72Lo54Lo36Lo18LoRndPar/-EventsTop1Top5Top10W-LWLPctAvg
2015-16292171292219-7671310--1477-3200.59874.86
2016-17282060-21314068681210-23445-2740.61973.57
Totals57423129221314068681520-24949-6270.60274.23