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Shean leads the field in Manahattan

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Shean leads the field in Manahattan

Jump to results MANHATTAN, Kan. – University of Arkansas junior Kelli Shean finished the day two-under and leads the field after two rounds of play at the Marilyn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., Monday.Shean, a Cape Town, South Africa native, opened with a 74 and rebounded with a 68 in the second round for a 142 off the purple and white tees at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Shean’s good outing helped Arkansas into second place, trailing Tulsa by two strokes heading into Tuesday’s final round. Monday’s conditions were tough with 30-40 mile-per-hour winds in the morning. Arkansas also found themselves down a player when Tiffany Phelps was lifted from the lineup with an illness. "We were a player down today but we’re still in good shape," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "I can’t say enough about Kelli today. It was a tremendously solid round. Kelli was a great leader on the golf course for us today. "Kristin (Ingram) rebounded well in the afternoon," continued Estes-Taylor, "and Alex (Schulte) got the job done getting it up and down late today." Shean’s first round saw the senior pick up two birdies but suffer through four bogeys, a trend she would reverse in the second 18. Shean counted six birds in the second round, three on each side, and played the back nine four under – a solid improvement from her two-over start in the morning round. Ingram, a senior from Pebble Beach, Calif., opened with a 79 but rallied with a second-round 75 and is tied for third with 154. Schulte is sixth with a 155 with rounds of 78-77. Sophomore Katy Nugent rounded out the counting scores with a 162 with rounds of 77-85 and is tied for 26th. Corinna Rees is competing as an individual and is tied for seventh overall with a 79-77=156. Arkansas opened with a 308 and bettered that with a 305 in the second round for a 613. The Razorbacks are two strokes behind Tulsa who finished with 611 (309-302). Illinois State is third with 638, followed by Kansas State at 642, Wichita State with 645 and host Kansas rounding out the top six with 649. The rest of the field includes Kansas State’s B team in seventh with 656, Oral Roberts with 660, St. John’s with 668, Creighton with 669, Northern Iowa with 673, UMKC at 690 and Houston Baptist with 707.

"We battled a lot of things today and we’re still in contention to win the tournament,"said Estes-Taylor. "We’re going to go out tomorrow and give it all we have to try and bring home a Razorback victory."

The Marilyn Smith/Sunflower Invitational is the second of four fall events for Arkansas.



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