NORMAN, Okla. – University of Arkansas senior Kelli Shean and freshman Emily Tubert are tied for second place after the first round of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, leading the Razorbacks into a tie for second overall.
Shean and Tubert posted rounds of 69 and trail leader Kamryn Ruffin of Tulsa by one shot heading into the second round Saturday.
As a team, the Razorbacks carded a 290, three strokes behind leader and host Oklahoma who is in the clubhouse with a 287. The Razorbacks are tied with Tulsa (290).
"I think it was a solid start for our first round of the year," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "This team is amazing. I saw some awesome things especially for our first round."
Tubert and Shean were more than solid for the Razorbacks. A true freshman playing in her first collegiate event, Tubert played the front nine three-under. She opened with a birdie and added birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes.
Tubert gave a stroke back on the par-four seventh hole but finished the side with a pair or pars. Tubert moved to four-under with a birdie on the 10th hole but bogied 11 and 15 as the round continued. She got a stroke back with a three on the par-four 16th and finished three-under on the day.
Shean, a Cape Town, South Africa, native, was equally as good. She played the front nine one-over with a bogie on the third hole. Shean made the turn with a par of birdies and added another on the 13th hole, falling to two-under.
She concluded her round with a birdie on the 18th hole finishing with a 69.
"I can’t say enough about Emily," Estes-Taylor said. "She’s teeing it up for the first time and in the No. 1 spot and to come out and shoot four-under is a testament to her nerves of steel.
"Kelli was great as well," Estes-Taylor continued. "She made four tough birdies on the back side and played well all day."
Sophomore Victoria Vela finished her day in tied for 17th place with a four-over 76. Vela was plus-one on the front nine but battled a double on the 14th hole.
Senior Corinna Rees was also four-over with a 76. Rees birdied the seventh hole and was plus-two on each side and is tied for 17th after the first round. Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy, playing in her first event as a Razorback, was seven-over for the round. Her lone birdie came on the par-four 10th hole. She is tied for 30th overall.
Sophomore Meagan Roberts is playing as an individual this week. Roberts fired a five-over 77 and is tied for 20th overall. Her round had a pair of birdies as Roberts played the front nine one-over.
"We did a good job of taking care of business and getting it up and down today," Estes-Taylor said. "We’re excited and pumped up and ready to go. We’re right where we want to be and we’ve put ourselves in a position to win the golf tournament."
Host Oklahoma leads the field on their home Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, a par-72, 6,327-yard course in Norman, Okla. The Sooners posted a one-under 287 to lead the eight-team field.
Tulsa and Arkansas are tied for second with 290 followed by Ole Miss at 297, Middle Tennessee State in fifth with 308, Texas State and Redlands Community College tied for sixth with 312 and Oklahoma City University rounds out the field with a 318.
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