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Small fast greens hamper Lady’Back linksters

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Small fast greens hamper Lady’Back linksters

Jump to agate FAYETTEVILLE – The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team fired a first round 309 and is in ninth place at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., Monday. Arkansas, in its first action of the spring season carded a 25-over 309 as the Lady’Backs struggled on the greens. “We struggled today,” said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. “The greens were very small and very fast and we didn’t adjust well early. Amanda (McCurdy) birdied her last three holes coming and Ashley had a really great start. She struggled a bit on the second nine but I think she learned a lot about her game. I definitely think we can play better and that’s what we’re shooting for tomorrow.” Arkansas was led by senior Amanda McCurdy who opened with a 75 and is tied for 15th overall. McCurdy’s round was plagued by a pair of double bogies and three bogies but the El Dorado, Ark., native rallied coming in with the 75. Three Lady’Backs are tied for 40th overall with round of 78. Senior Lindsay Hinshaw and sophomore Stacy Lewis and Ashley Medders hold that spot while senior Courtney Mahon is tied for 56th with an 80. Ninth-ranked Arizona State leads the talented field with a 293, three strokes better than No. 7 Southern California and No. 20 California, both of whom are tied for second. Second-ranked UCLA lurks in fourth place and is tied with No 11 Wake Forest with 301 while No. 33 Oklahoma State is sixth with a 304. No. 25 Florida and No. 16 Stanford are tied for seventh with 305 followed by No. 9 Arkansas with a 309. Pepperdine, ranked fifth, is 10th with 311, followed by No. 18 Arizona with 312, No. 15 Washington with 312, No. 19 Ohio State with 314 and No. 23 New Mexico with a 323. Play continues through Wednesday at the par 71, 5,912 yard course. For more information about Arkansas golf log on to LADYBACKS.COM.Northrup Grumman Regional ChallengeFirst round resultsPalos Verdes Golf Club: Women’s Championship Par 71 – 5912 yards

1 Arizona State +9 293
T2 USC +12 296
T2 California +12 296
T4 UCLA +17 301
T4 Wake Forest +17 301
6 Oklahoma State +20 304
T7 Stanford +21 305
T7 Florida +21 305
9 Arkansas +25 309
10 Pepperdine +27 311
T11 Arizona +28 312
T11 Washington +28 312
13 Ohio State +30 314
14 New Mexico +39 323

Arkansas Individuals

T15 Amanda McCurdy 75
T40 Stacy Lewis 78
T40 Ashley Medders 78
T40 Lindsey Hinshaw 78
T56 Courtney Mahon 80

Top 10 Individuals

T1 Susie Mathews UCLA 70
T1 Jennifer Osborn Arizona State 70
T1 Sophia Sheridan California 70
T4 Sofie Andersson California 72
T4 Nannette Hill Wake Forest 72
T4 Pernilla Lindberg Oklahoma State 72
T4 Paola Moreno USC 72
T8 Kelly Husted Stanford 73
T8 Azahara Munoz Arizona State 73
T8 Amber Prange Washington 73


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