NORMAN, Okla. – University of Arkansas senior Kelli Shean fired a one-under 71 and moved into a tie for the lead at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla., Saturday.
Shean counted a 71 paired with her first-round 69 for 140 to tie Oklahoma’s Emily Collins. Razorback freshman Emily Tubert continues to play well shooting par. The Burbank, Calif., native is tied for third with 141 (69-72).
Arkansas matched its first-round score with back-to-back 290s for 580 and second place in the three-day event.
Shean opened her day on the 10th hole and was even through the first four holes. She birdied 15 and that was the only mark on her scorecard for the entire round.
"I’m so pleased with much of what we did today," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "We are really starting out the season well ahead of where we have been at the beginning of the season in previous years. Kelli was so consistent today – just good, solid golf.
"Emily continues to play very well as a true freshman," Estes-Taylor continued. "She and Kelli both have such high expectations for themselves and it’s great to see all their hard work pay off in a tournament."
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy (79-72) rebounded from a first round 79 with a 72 Saturday. She is tied with Razorback teammate sophomore Victoria Vela (76-75) and the duo are in the clubhouse with 151. Senior Corinna Rees rounds out the Razorback scoring with consistent rounds of 76. Rees is tied for 17th with a 152.
Sophomore Meagan Roberts, playing as an individual, is also tied for 17th with a 152 (77-75).
"Emma really stepped up today," Estes-Taylor said. "She shot par today and is getting the feel for traveling and being on the road with the team."
Host Oklahoma leads the tournament finishing the day with a 288 for 575 (287-288). They are just five strokes ahead of Arkansas’ 580 and the Razorbacks are 11 up on third-place Ole Miss (297-294). The rest of the field includes Tulsa in fourth place with 592 (290-302), Middle Tennessee State in fifth with 610 (309-301), Texas State in sixth with 612 (312-300), Redlands Community College in seventh with 624 (312-312) and Oklahoma City in eighth with 641 (318-323).
Play concludes Sunday with a final round shotgun start at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.